Millay

ISBN-10: 0307592669

ISBN-13: 9780307592668

Edition: 2010

Authors: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Diana Secker Tesdell

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One of America's most beloved poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay burst onto the literary scene at a very young age and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. Her passionate lyrics and superbly crafted sonnets have thrilled generations of readers long after the notoriously bohemian lifestyle she led in Greenwich Village in the 1920s ceased to shock them. Millay's refreshing frankness and cynicism and her ardent appetite for life still burn brightly on the page more than half a century after her death. This volume includes the early poems that many consider her best "Renascence" and "The Ballad of the Harp Weaver" among themas well as such often-memorized favorites as "What lips my lips have kissed" and "First Fig" ("My candle burns at both ends . . ."). The poet's most famous verse drama, the one-act antiwar fableAria da Capo,is included here as well.
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List price: $19.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/2/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892-1950 Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet, dramatist, lyricist, lecturer, and playwright, was born on February 22, 1892 in Rockland, Maine, and educated at Barnard College and at Vassar College, where she earned her B. A. (Her poem "Renascence" won fourth place in a contest and was published in The Lyric Year in 1912; this resulted in a scholarship to Vassar.) Millay's first volume of poetry, "Renascence and Other Poems," was published in 1917. In 1923, "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver" won her a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Other works include: "A Few Figs from Thistles;" "Sonnets in American Poetry," "A Miscellany," "The Lamp and the Bell" and "There Are No Islands Any More." Millay also wrote the libretto for "The King's Henchman," one of the few American grand operas. Edna St. Vincent Millay married Eugen Jan Boissevain in 1923. Shortly after, they purchased a farm in upstate New York, which they called Steepletop. Millay lived here for the rest of her life, composing some of her finest work in a little shack separate from the main house. Boissevain died in 1949. Millay died of a heart attack in her home on October 19, 1950.

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