Lota de Macedo Soares

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Maria Carlota Costallat de Macedo Soares (March 16, 1910 – September 25, 1967) was a Brazilian architect and landscape designer who was invited to design and oversee the construction of Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro. She was born in Paris, a member of a prominent political family in Rio de Janeiro state.

Lota, as she was known, had a relationship with the American poet Elizabeth Bishop from 1951 to 1967. Their relationship is depicted in the Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon, based on the book Flores Raras e Banalíssimas (in English, Rare and Commonplace Flowers), by Carmen Lucia de Oliveira, as well as in the book The More I Owe You, by American author Michael Sledge.

In 1967, Soares joined Bishop in New York, after a period of extensive hospitalization for a nervous breakdown. The same day she arrived in New York, 19 September 1967, Soares took an overdose of tranquilizers. She died several days later.

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  • http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/bishop/about.htm
  • Elizabeth Bishop, One Art: Letters. Ed. Robert Giroux (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1994).
  • Carmen L. Oliveira, Rare and Commonplace Flowers: The Story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares, translated by Neil K. Besner, (Rutgers University Press, 2002); reviewed by Emily Nussbaum [1]
  • Schuma Schumacher and Érico Vital Brasil, eds. Dicionário Mulheres do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editora, 2000), pp. 335-336.
  • Michael Sledge, "The More I Owe You." (Berkeley: Counterpoint Press, 2010).