The More I Owe You

The More I Owe You

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In this mesmerizing debut novel, Michael Sledge creates an intimate portrait of the beloved poet Elizabeth Bishop -- of her life in Brazil and her relationship with her lover, the dazzling, aristocratic Lota de Macedo Soares. Sledge artfully draws from Bishop's lifelong correspondences and biography to imagine the poet's intensely private world, revealing the literary genius who lived in conflict with herself both as a writer and as a woman.
A seemingly idyllic existence in Soares's glass house in the jungle gives way to the truth of Bishop's lifelong battle with alcoholism, as well as her eventual status as one of modernism's most prominent writers. Though connected to many of the most famous cultural and political figures of the era, Soares too is haunted by her own demons. As their secrets unfold, the sensuous landscape of Rio de Janeiro, the rhythms of the samba and the bossa nova, and the political turmoilof 1950s Brazil envelop Bishop in a world she never expected to inhabit. The More I Owe You is a vivid portrait of two brilliant women whose love for one another pushes them to accomplish enduring works of art.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, c2010
ISBN: 9781582435763
Branch Call Number: SLEDGE
Characteristics: 328 p

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Feb 26, 2012

This book is the fictionalized biography of the American poet, Elizabeth Bishop and the Brazilian modernist architect, Lota De Macedo Soares during the period of their relationship in the 1950s and 1960s. It is an authentic book and recommended. Of Canadian interest, one can visit Bishop's summer home in Nova Scotia.

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