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Poems and Satires
Edited by Tristram Fane Saunders
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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, American, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (200 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2021)
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(Pub. Sep 2021)
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Edna St Vincent Millay (1892–1950) was one of the most popular American writers of her generation, and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Thomas Hardy once remarked that America had only two great wonders to show the world: skyscrapers, and the poetry of Edna St Vincent Millay. Poems and Satires restores that wonder to view, while also revealing Millay as a more innovative and versatile talent than she is usually given credit for being. It includes some of her wickedly funny satires (published under the pseudonym Nancy Boyd, out of print since 1924), as well as her acclaimed play Aria da Capo, and reveals her to be not only the defining 'flapper' poet of the 1920s but a crucial voice for the 2020s.
The 'fierce and trivial' persona she cultivated in her early lyric poems and sonnets – with their dazzling wit and daring attitudes towards love and sexuality – captured the whirl of bohemian life in New York. In her genre-defying satires, she questioned society's treatment of women and artists in surreal stories and plays, non-fiction and spoof agony aunt letters, and even a Handmaid's Tale-esque dystopia disguised as an almanac from the future.
'Poems and Satires is more a reintroduction of a once-ubiquitous voice than a full reckoning of Millay's poetic achievement, but seeing most of her best work in new covers is heartening.'
Declan Ryan, Poetry Foundation
'This elegant paperback, with Art Deco flappers gracing the cover, a sprightly introduction, a revolutionary reordering, and new prose material, will recommend itself to readers who think they are familiar with Edna St Vincent Millay as much as to a new young readership for whom she will be an enviable discovery.'
A.E. Stallings, Times Literary Supplement
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