Isabel Bishop
American, 1902-1988

Double Date Delayed,

Extended loan from the Lydia and Warren Chappell Collection
EL 1975.15.30

Bishop's tenderly unsentimental perfection and her ability to give immortal Renaissance dignity to the transient Whitmanesque reality of America may cause us to overlook the wise tolerant realism of her humor. Two young women commune with each other while waiting for their delayed dates to show up. The intervening lunkish male is irrelevant. Her young women do often form a communion of office workers on lunch break, when, for Bishop, the mundane exposes the power of its normalcy...its grace.

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