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Rapture and melancholy : the diaries of Edna St. Vincent Millay / edited by Daniel Mark Epstein ; foreword by Holly Peppe.

Millay, Edna St. Vincent 1892-1950 (author.). Epstein, Daniel Mark (editor.). Peppe, Holly (writer of foreword.).

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  • ISBN: 0300245688
  • ISBN: 9780300245684
  • Physical Description: xiv, 390 pages 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: The English author Thomas Hardy proclaimed that America had two great attractions: the skyscraper, and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. In these diaries the great American poet illuminates not only her literary genius, but her life as a devoted daughter, sister, wife, and public heroine; and finally as a solitary, tragic figure. This is the first publication of the diaries she kept from adolescence until middle age, between 1907 and 1949, focused on her most productive years. Who was the girl who wrote "Renascence," that marvel of early twentieth-century poetry? What trauma or spiritual journey inspired the poem? And after such celebrity why did she vanish into near seclusion after 1940? These questions hover over the life and work, and trouble biographers and readers alike. Intimate, eloquent, these confessions and keen observations provide the key to understanding Millay's journey from small-town obscurity to world fame, and the tragedy of her demise.
Subject: Poets, American 20th century Diaries
Millay, Edna St. Vincent 1892-1950 Criticism and interpretation
Millay, Edna St. Vincent 1892-1950 Diaries
Genre: Poetry.
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