An Annotated Edition
Particularly useful to student readers, but also to advanced scholars.James Gifford and Margaret Konkol, The Years Work in English Studies Yale University Presss edition of the Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, superbly edited by Timothy Jackson, and with a brilliant introduction by Millay scholar Holly Peppe, constitutes a significant addition both to our understanding of Twentieth-Century American Poetry as well as to a fuller, more complex and balanced portrait of who the extraordinary poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was andmore importantlyis to readers searching for a more accurate picture of what made Modern Poetry modern. If she has been too often overlooked in the last half century and more, this edition will undoubtedly help restore Millays brilliant, witty, and tragic feminine voice to her rightful place among the company of Hart Crane, Frost, Williams, Pound, Eliot and Stevens.Paul Mariani, Boston College Edna St. Vincent Millay is like Robert Frost or Philip Larkin in that her poems would survive even if every professor and professional critic ignored them (as, at times, they have). Her poems are both ancient and modern, comprised of equal parts pain and elation, ravishing music and stark reality. She can break your heart, or, perhaps more importantly, remind you of the person who once had a heart that could be broken.Christian Wiman, author of My Bright Abyss Many of the poets and academics who once dismissed Edna St. Vincent Millay as minor, and stylistically old fashioned are themselves now unread, forgotten. Millays poem are still powerfully alive. As this first rate edition shows.Greg Delanty, author of Book Seventeen Assumptions about Millays work are too often based on her early poems or the romantic lyrics. This exceptionally fine selection represents a wide range of Millays work from her entire career. Brilliantly and meticulously edited, it offers an illuminating new perspective on Millays achievement. Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay celebrates a force of nature whose artistry this elegant annotated edition brings to light.Phillis Levin, author of Mr. Memory & Other Poems
Pulitzer Prizewinner Edna St. Vincent Millay (18921950) was a poet and playwright. Timothy F. Jackson is associate professor of English at Rosemont College. Holly Peppe, literary executor for Edna St. Vincent Millay and editor of the Penguin Classics edition of Millays Early Poems, has written and lectured widely about the poets life and work.