Pulitzer Prize-winning author Megan Marshall to speak about biography of Worcester poet Elizabeth Bishop

April 6, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Megan Marshall will speak about her recent biography and memoir, “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast,” at Clark University at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, in Tilton Hall.

Marshall is the first Charles Wesley Emerson College professor at Emerson College. She studied under Elizabeth Bishop, a Worcester-born and highly celebrated American poet and short story writer, while a student at Harvard University in 1976. Marshall’s book weaves biographical chapters with pages of her own memoir, which also touches on family, poetry and loss.  

Marshall’s is only the second full-scale biography of Bishop, and the first to appear in 25 years. Dana Gioia of The American Scholar, writes that Marshall’s is “the most intimate and accurate biography yet available.”

Marshall’s first biography, “The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism,” won several awards including a Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction. Her second biography, “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life,” won a Pulitzer Prize and a 2014 Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction. She has published numerous essays and reviews in The New YorkerThe AtlanticSlate OnlineThe New York Times Book ReviewThe London Review of Books, The New Republic, and The Boston Review

The evening begins with a ticketed reception at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 and should be reserved by Sunday, April 9, by calling 508-793-7573 or emailing mstech@clarku.edu. The free program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Clark University’s Friends of the Goddard Library. For more information, call 508-793-7573.