Savage Beauty

Savage Beauty

The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
An authorized portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet draws on Millay's intimate diary, letters, and other papers to capture her flamboyant and turbulent life.

& Taylor

From the author of the critically acclaimed Zelda comes a fascinating, authorized portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet that draws on Millay's intimate diary, letters, and other papers to capture the flamboyant and turbulent life of a remarkable woman. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394575896
Characteristics: xviii, 550 p., [32] p. of plates : ill ; 25 cm


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Apr 18, 2018

The complex life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, told through well-researched letters and journals from her estate. The eldest of 3 daughters who lived in extreme poverty with their divorced mother in Rockland Maine, Edna honed her poetry writing at Camden High School. Her controversial fourth place prize in a Lyric competition for "Renascence" brought notoriety and the attention of a wealthy arts patron who paid for her matriculation at Vassar. Millay's vast talent, and bohemian reputation brought her meteoric fame. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1923, the third woman to do so. Living a life of passion and extremes' Millay died in her early 50's. As a school girl (and fellow Down Easter) I learned the G-rated
version of Millay's life in school. Interesting to learn the rest of the story.

Apr 27, 2017

I suppose Millay's poetry is considered old-fashioned today because it's:
a. Lyrical and humanistic b. Comprehensible and c. Mostly metric
All of which makes it enjoyable for me (and catalogues me as hopelessly out of date). Like so many of my own (and a previous) generation, she had me at "My candle burns at both ends...."
But this remarkably authentic biography goes far beyond exposing Vincent the girl poet and popular sensation of her day. Milford explores the passionate, driven, rebellious woman in all her guises.

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