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Selected Poems for Young People by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Selected Poems for Young People by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Selected Poems for Young People
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
illustrated by J. Paget-Fredericks

New York: Harper & Brothers
Stated 8th edition, with Harper's printing code B-K, indicating February 1935 print date (originally published in 1929)

Includes newspaper clippings from a reading Millay gave on November 8, 1938 at the Hotel Tulsa, in Oklahoma, and a typed list of the 21 poems she read that night. On the half-title page is written "Topaz Room, Hotel Tulsa, Nov 18, 1938" and a handwritten note of the first poem that it was "Read by Edna herself", suggesting that the original owner was there for the reading. On the front inside cover is written "To Margaret Jane, Christmas 1938, from Ednamay" ... but to my knowledge Edna St Vincent Millay never signed her name that way nor is the handwriting similar.

Condition: Hardcover; no dust jacket. Cover boards have minor general wear, corners and spine ends bumped. Front hinge just barely starting to crack, back hinge fully cracked--see photos. Text-block itself remains securely bound, binding strained just a little in a couple places. Previous owner gift inscription to front inside cover, a lengthy quote written out on the backside of the ffep entitled "My Philosophy", basically praising Millay's type of poetry above others, and signed W.D. Moffet. Short note written on half-title page, and this is where the newspaper clippings have been stored, darkening the pages. Paperclip indentations on the front couple pages. A handful of underlining found throughout the book in pen, sometimes accompanied by a short notation.

wiki: "Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American lyrical poet and playwright. Millay was a renowned social figure and noted feminist in New York City during the Roaring Twenties and beyond. She wrote much of her prose and hackwork verse under the pseudonym Nancy Boyd.

Millay won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her poem "Ballad of the Harp-Weaver"; she was the first woman and second person to win the award. In 1943, Millay was the sixth person and the second woman to be awarded the Frost Medal for her lifetime contribution to American poetry.

Millay was highly regarded during much of her lifetime, with the prominent literary critic Edmund Wilson calling her "one of the only poets writing in English in our time who have attained to anything like the stature of great literary figures.'' By the 1930s, her critical reputation began to decline, as modernist critics dismissed her work for its use of traditional poetic forms and subject matter, in contrast to modernism's exhortation to "make it new." However, the rise of feminist literary criticism in the 1960s and 1970s revived an interest in Millay's works."
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