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By Sarah Ruhl

A relocating, cutting edge play in line with one of many maximum correspondences in literary history

From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged greater than 400 letters. Describing the writing in their poems, their shuttle and day-by-day health problems, the pyrotechnics in their romantic relationships, and the profound affection that they had for every different, those missives are the main intimate list to be had of either poets and one of many maximum correspondences in American literature.

The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with those letters and set herself an strange problem: to show this thirty-year alternate right into a degree play, and to carry to lifestyles the friendship of 2 writers who have been not often even within the related nation. As cutting edge because it is relocating, Dear Elizabeth supplies voice to a talk that lived as a rule in writing, illuminating the various most interesting poems of the 20 th century and the minds that produced them.

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In the my I Canyon, hands in was sup- Friend. I could not In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried I had a convertible in the parking 49 Once out lot. of that room, I would drive it too fast down the Coast highway through the crab-smelling air. A stop in Malibu for sangria. The music in the place would be sexy and loud. They'd serve papaya and shrimp and watermelon After dinner vibrate with I would shimmer with life, and stay up all on the floor. the door. She She kicked ice. buzz with heat, night.

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