Gioia, Dana: Studying with Miss Bishop: Memoirs from a Young Writer’s Life
Paul Dry Books, paperback
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Publisher Marketing: InStudying with Miss Bishop, Dana Gioia discusses six people who helped him become a writer and better understand what it meant to dedicate one's life to writing. Four were famous authors--Elizabeth Bishop, John Cheever, James Dickey, and Robert Fitzgerald. Two were unknown--Gioia's Merchant Marine uncle and Ronald Perry, a forgotten poet. Each of the six essays provides a vivid portrait; taken together they tell the story of Gioia's own journey from working-class LA to international literary success.