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Description - Early Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

In finely crafted lyrics and sonnets, Edna St. Vincent Millay gave voice to her generation's claim to personal freedom and earned a reputation as a sexually liberated free-thinker. But her subject matter varies widely - from meditations on nature, love, life, loss, death, and the reincarnation of the human soul to commentaries on politics and discrimination against women - and reveals poetic influences from the classical to the romantic. Comprising Millay's first three books - Renascence (1917), A Few Figs from Thistles (1920; revised 1922), and Second April (1921) - this fully annotated volume presents the auspicious beginning of her career. As popular today as when the poet herself enraptured audiences, Millay's work is at last being appreciated for its beauty and depth as well as its impact on the American literary tradition.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141180540
ISBN-10: 0141180544
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 10mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in 1892 in Rockland, Maine, and grew up in the seaside town of Camden. She published her first poems as a teenager and, at twenty, her long poem Renascence appeared in the anthology The Lyric Year. At Vassar, she developed her talents and reputation as a dramatist and actor. After graduating in 1917, Millay moved to Greenwich Village in New York City where she gave poetry readings and became known for her freedom of thought and feminist views. Her poetry was published in several magazines, including Vanity Fair, Poetry, and Forum. Her first book, Renascence and Other Poems (1917), was followed in 1920 by A Few Figs from Thistles (an expanded edition appeared in 1922) and in 1921 by Second April.In 1923, upon her return from two years of writing and traveling in Europe, Millay received the second annual Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and published a new collection, The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems. Millay published five more collections of poetry: The Buck in the Snow (1928), Fatal Interview (1931), Wine from These Grapes (1934), Huntsman, What Quarry? (1939), Make Bright the Arrows (1940); a prose collection under her pen name, Nancy Boyd, titled Distressing Dialogues (1924; its foreword carried Millay s byline); a translation, with George Dillon, of Baudelaire s Flowers of Evil (1936); the verse dramas Conversation at Midnight (1937) and The Murder of Lidice (1942); and several plays. Her final book was the posthumously published Mine the Harvest (1954), edited by her younger sister Norma. Edna St. Vincent Millay died in 1950. Holly Peppe, who holds a master of arts in teaching from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of New Hampshire, is a former professor and director of the English department at the American College of Rome and a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar. Dr. Peppe whose doctoral dissertation focuses on Millay s critical reception and sonnet sequences, and who often lectures on Millay has served as president of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society since 1987. The Society is responsible for the preservation of Steepletop, the poet s home (designated a National Public Landmark) in Austerlitz, New York, and the placement of the poet s archives and family papers. Dr. Peppe is also involved with the Millay Colony for the Arts, an artists retreat at Steepletop founded in 1973 by Norma Millay. Dr. Peppe s own poetry, translations, articles, and essays have appeared in numerous books and periodicals. She lives in New York City."

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