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Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Thomas Hardy once said that America had two great attractions: the skyscraper and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The most famous poet of the Jazz Age, Millay captivated the nation: She smoked in public, took many lovers (men and women, single and married), flouted convention sensationally, and became the embodiment of the New Woman.

Thirty years after her landmark biography of Zelda Fitzgerald, Nancy Milford returns with an iconic portrait of this passionate, fearless woman who obsessed America even as she tormented herself. Chosen by USA Today as one of the top ten books of the year, Savage Beauty is a triumph in the art of biography. Millay was an American original—one of those rare characters, like Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway, whose lives were even more dramatic than their art.

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A "New York Times" Notable Book, this landmark biography uncovers for the first time the dark side of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the most famous poet of the Jazz Age. Chosen by "Entertainment Weekly" as the #1 nonfiction book of the year.

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Nacy Milfords Zelda spent twenty-nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and was translated into twelve languages. Nancy Milford was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey in 1999, and an Annenberg Fellow at Brown Unviersity. She has taught at the University of Michigan, at Vassar College, and will be in the American Studies Program at Princeton University this fall. She is a founder of the Writers Room, has held a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Literary Lion at The New York Public Library. She lives in New York.

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Melissa Kinsey, May 18, 2007 (view all comments by Melissa Kinsey)
Millay's life, and "Savage Beauty" are both dark and deep and worthy of contemplating. She is an extreme example of a gifted artist and all that goes along with it. Milford's writing is smooth, penetrating, satisfying. What a combination! I haven't read such a fascinating biography since "A Beautiful Mind."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375760815
Author:
Milford, Nancy
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Women and literature -- United States.
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-484
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 16-PP PHOTO INSERTS
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.18 x 1.27 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A "New York Times" Notable Book, this landmark biography uncovers for the first time the dark side of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the most famous poet of the Jazz Age. Chosen by "Entertainment Weekly" as the #1 nonfiction book of the year.
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