Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

by Nancy Milford
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Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

Thirty years after the smashing success of Zelda, Nancy Milford returns with a stunning second act. Savage Beauty is the portrait of a passionate, fearless woman who obsessed American ever as she tormented herself.

If F. Scott Fitzgerald was the hero of the Jazz Age, Edna St. Vincent Millay, as flamboyant in her love affairs as she was in her art, was its heroine. The first woman ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, Millay was dazzling in the performance of herself. Her voice was likened to an instrument of seduction and her impact on crowds, and on men, was legendary. Yet beneath her studied act, all was not well. Milford calls her book "a family romance"--for the love between the three Millay sisters and their mother was so deep as to be dangerous. As a family, they were like real-life Little Women, with a touch of Mommie Dearest.

Nancy Milford was given exclusive access to Millay's papers, and what she found was an extraordinary treasure. Boxes and boxes of letter flew back and forth among the three sisters and their mother--and Millay kept the most intimate diary, one whose ruthless honesty brings to mind Sylvia Plath. Written with passion and flair, Savage Beauty is an iconic portrait of a woman's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588360946
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2001
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 11,765
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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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Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a supremely well written biography. Edna St. Vincent Millay's spellbinding personality will draw you in immediately, and reading about the remarkable life and times of this fascinating woman is a pleasure from start to finish. I can't recommend highly enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i was very disappointed that the eBook did not have the photos of the hardcover. B&N should warn us if this is the case.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a read! What a life!! Thank you Nancy Milford for your genius and your back breaking work in writing this wonderful biography for your readers. I hated to put it down and couldn't wait to pick it up again and be in Edna St. Vincent Millay's strange and absorbing life. The book is stunning!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was not a good book or worth the money I paid. I think the subject, Edna St. Vincent Millay is a fascinating person who lived an incredible life. And yet, the way this book was written left me bored and barely able to make it to the end. If you are insistent on reading it, go find it at the library.
The_Searcher More than 1 year ago
Edna St Vincent Millay hit my radar while in High School English class in Tucson, Arizona with her poem "Renascence". I liked the poem enough to remember it after all this time and become curious about the author. It was simply amazing to discover how popular poetry once was throughout the world and how much her work contributed to that popularity! This book was well written without being sentimental or gossipy. The book reveals much about Millay's work and the background from which it grew. Millay was born 1892 the eldest of three daughters. Mother Millay earned her living as a live in nurse which made her an absent custodial parent, Papa Millay having been banished from the family until "he could do better". Their lives were full of struggle and sacrifice but though impoverished, the girls were rich with a cultural legacy of good poetry through the influence of their mother. Millay always wished to be called Vincent rather than Edna; she enjoyed the confusion the name caused as well as being entirely her own name unlike any other woman. The reader knows immediately this is no ordinary girl. She obtained a degree at Vasser College and went on to establish herself in Greenwich Village in 1917. She knew everyone and traveled extensively. Her life was unconventional, brave and and sometimes painful. Millay's story was full of struggle, adventure and eventually success; it is one of a driven spirit with a zest for life that endures past the grave through her poetry, sonnets and plays. I loved this book and hope others will pick it up and meet Vincent as I did. NOTE: There is a soundbyte of Millay doing a reading on YouTube. A very nice touch to go with this marvelous story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished this book and I am glad that I can put in my opinion! Loved it and was glad that Nancy Milford wrote another book that matched Zelda. Keep up the "good books" for people like me. When will you be writing another?