Posted on November 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Bookworms might want to ask for airfare to Key West for their Christmas present this year.

Poet and short-story writer Elizabeth Bishop was among the many literary figures to make their home on that Florida island.

And now, the literary nonprofit Key West Literary Seminar will buy Bishop’s house there for $1.2 million, according to the New York Times.

The house has been privately owned since Bishop sold it in 1946, though the Times says there have not been significant renovations.

Still, the nonprofit will restore it to how it was under Bishop’s ownership, thanks in part to her detailed letters describing it, and then use it as its headquarters.

Bishop has become more famous in death than in life, although she did receive a National Book Award during her lifetime for The Complete Poems.

Read more about Bishop and her Key West house in the New York Times

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