Bishop letter to Methfessel with "yucky" sticker

From Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive by Bethany Hicok

  • A colorful kitten sticker at the top of a letter from Elizabeth Bishop to Alice Methfessel with the typed words "Yucky, isn't it?" alongside.
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  • Poetry
  • Literary Criticism
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  • 1971
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  • Stickers like the one at the top of this letter are an untranscribable element of the love letters that convey an understanding of the correspondents’ playfulness and tenderness. In a typical move, Bishop self-consciously comments on the sentimentality of the sticker with “yucky, isn’t it?” (Bishop to Methfessel, 11 Feb 1971, VC 114.29; Courtesy of Vassar College)