Letter from Elizabeth Bishop to Ferris Greenslet, December 18, 1946
I was very glad to receive the check for royalties. I have been told by several friends that they have been trying to get the book for Christmas presents at Brentano's and other bookstores and were unable to––but possibly this is a good sign. However, I have been rather disappointed not to see any Christmas advertising whatever since people do often give poetry for Christmas gifts, I believe.
What I am really writing about is to explain and apologize for a liberty I took quite recently. Someone suggested to me that I might try for a Guggenheim Fellowship, as a way of possibly coping with inflation. The idea had not occurred to me and it was already past the deadline, but they were willing to accept my application if I "acted promptly." So I went ahead and used your name as a "sponsor" and only trust that it may be all right with you. I am sure you are probably greatly bothered with such requests––but I was so late that you may very well not hear from them at all. Anyway I do hope it will be all right and not a nuisance to you.
I am sending you some prose works in a few days with the hopes that you may still consider some sort of travel book by me...
From One Art: Letters of Elizabeth Bishop, Selected and edited by Robert Giroux (Noonday Press / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994), p. 143
Note: And yes, Greenslet was kind enough to write on Bishop's behalf, and Bishop received a Guggenheim in 1947.