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Savage Beauty The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay (Paperback)

Author:  Nancy Milford
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375760814
ISBN-13: 9780375760815
Sku: 30988363
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1.5T
Pages:  608
Age Range:  NA
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From the author of the critically acclaimed Zelda comes a fascinating, authorized portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet that draws on Millays intimate diary, letters, and other papers to capture the flamboyant and turbulent life of a remarkable woman. Readers Guide included. Reprint. 100,000 first printing. *Author: Milford, Nancy *Subtitle: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay *Publication Date: 2002/09/01 *Number of Pages: 550 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00
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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.
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) was something of Jazz Age celebrity, even outside the literary scene. Here, Milford, who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, documents the poet's amazing climb from poverty to Lost Generation darling. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.


New Yorker
"The authorized life is an ample, sober book in which Milford, without losing her senses, accounts for most of the integuments Millay once kissed. " - Judith Thurman 09/03/2001

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Milford's biography is one of the fall's big books, and deservedly so...Perhaps in combination with THE SELECTED POETRY OF EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY... a new Modern Library edition edited by Milford, SAVAGE BEAUTY will once again lead readers through that extraordinary life to her extraordinary poetry." - Daivid Wiegand 09/02/2001

New York Times Book Review
"[A] riveting and revealing biography...." - J.D. McClatchy 09/16/2001

Washington Post Book World
"...Milford's eloquent book, the product of almost 30 years of research, is both... comprehensive and...insightful...and will almost certainly become the definitive biography." - Daniel Mark Epstein 09/16/2001

Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)
"SAVAGE BEAUTY rescues...[a] misunderstood figure...." 09/16/2001

New York Observer
"Nancy Milford's SAVAGE BEAUTY is the product of 30 years of work, and it shows." 08/27/2001

New Criterion
"Milford does an admirably thorough job on Millay's family background, on the tight web of relationships with her mother and sisters." - X. J. Kennedy September 2001

"[L]iterary lightening has struck again....[W]orth the thirty-year wait." - Lisa Levy Fall 2001

New Republic
"[P]ainstaking and sympathetic...." - Christopher Benfey 11/05/2001

New York Review of Books
"neither empirical nor worshipful, SAVAGE BEAUTY: THE LIFE OF EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY bears up under its twenty-odd years of research and deluge of detail to manage a rich, moving picture of a rich, moving target." - Lorrie Moore 03/14/2002

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0608
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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