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[Bishop, Elizabeth]
A Service in Memory of Elizabeth Bishop. Agassiz House. October 21, 1979
n.p., 1979.n.p., 1979. 8 pp. 8vo. Original self-wrappers, unstitched as issued. Light marginal wrappers. 8 pp. 8vo. A scarce Bishop item, being the program for her memorial service held at Harvard two weeks after her death on October 6, 1971. Among the participants listed on p 3 are Alice Methfessel (Bishop's partner and muse for the final decade of her life), John Ashbery, Robert Fitzgerald, Robert Giroux, Octavio Paz, Helen Vendler, and Frank Bidart. Page 4-8 feature music and lyrics for the hymns sung at the service. OCLC records only three copies. Megan Marshall's recent biography of Bishop, A Miracle for Breakfast (2017), opens with an account of the service: "... more than one hundred of Elizabeth Bishop's friends and former students sat on folding chairs in a mahogany-paneled reception room [of Agassiz House], growing warm in the sunlight from the high windows on an unusually hot Sunday in late October. Waiting. Waiting to hear from a succession of friends and poets, Ashbery most eminent among them, the one assigned to read first. Waiting to sing, accompanied by portable Hammond organ, the hymns-"Rock of Ages," "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," "Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways!"-that buttressed the poetry but not the faith of Elizabeth Bishop, a resolute "Unbeliever," as she had titled an early poem.... Alice Methfessel ... signaled the organist to begin. "We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing," the mourners sang. And then blond, athletic Alice spoke in her steady musical voice, quoting the elegiac last lines of E. B. White's Charlott … [Click Below for Full Description]
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