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Compiled by her sister after the poet's death and originally published in 1956, this is the definitive edition of Millay, right up through her last poem, Mine the Harvest.

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My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light!
“First Fig” from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920)

Alongside Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, and E. E. Cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay remains among the most celebrated poets of the early twentieth century for her uniquely lyrical explorations of love, individuality, and artistic expression. This invaluable compendium of her work is not only an essential addition to any collection of the worlds most moving and memorable poetry but an unprecedented look into her life.

About the Author

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in 1892 in Rockland, Maine, the eldest of three daughters, and was encouraged by her mother to develop her talents for music and poetry. Her long poem "Renascence" won critical attention in an anthology contest in 1912 and secured for her a patron who enabled her to go to Vassar College.

After graduating in 1917 she lived in Greenwich Village in New York for a few years, acting, writing satirical pieces for journals (usually under a pseudonym), and continuing to work at her poetry. She traveled in Europe throughout 1921-22 as a "foreign correspondent" for Vanity Fair. Her collection A Few Figs from Thistles (1920) gained her a reputation for hedonistic wit and cynicism, but her other collections (including the earlier Renascence and Other Poems [1917]) are without exception more seriously passionate or reflective.

In 1923 she married Eugene Boissevain and — after further travel — embarked on a series of reading tours which helped to consolidate her nationwide renown. From 1925 onwards she lived at Steepletop, a farmstead in Austerlitz, New York, where her husband protected her from all responsibilities except her creative work. Often involved in feminist or political causes (including the Sacco-Vanzetti case of 1927), she turned to writing anti-fascist propaganda poetry in 1940 and further damaged a reputation already in decline. In her last years of her life she became more withdrawn and isolated, and her health, which had never been robust, became increasingly poor.

She died in 1950.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060908898
Editor:
Millay, Norma
Publisher:
HarpPeren
Author:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Author:
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Author:
Millay, Edna St. Vincen
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
8.37x5.46x1.61 in. 1.86 lbs.

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My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light!
“First Fig” from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920)

Alongside Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, and E. E. Cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay remains among the most celebrated poets of the early twentieth century for her uniquely lyrical explorations of love, individuality, and artistic expression. This invaluable compendium of her work is not only an essential addition to any collection of the worlds most moving and memorable poetry but an unprecedented look into her life.
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