Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, Sep 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 550 pages
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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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User Review  - Tinamonster - LibraryThing

Again, the writing and story overcomes a subject that isn't simpatico. She had a very interesting life and she makes the most of her charm and ambition, a playbook from which we could all take a page. Read full review

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User Review  - aliform - LibraryThing

This obsessively detailed and hyper-researched account brings back to life an inspiring woman. Millay was passionate, exuberant, hard-working, well-spoken and the subtle troublemaker everyone should aspire to be. Read full review

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About the author (2002)


Nacy Milford’s 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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