Into the World's Great Heart: Selected Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay

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6.22 X 9.29 X 1.42 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) was a poet and playwright. Her poems include the iconic "Renascence" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver." Timothy F. Jackson is associate professor of English at Rosemont College and editor of Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition. Holly Peppe, Millay's literary executor and editor of the Penguin Classics edition of Millay's Early Poems, has written and lectured widely about the poet's life and work.


"Although Millay called herself an 'epistophobe, ' claiming that she couldn't write letters, she could and did, turning out witty and insightful missives to family, friends, lovers, professional contacts, and political figures. . . . Both literary scholars and general readers will appreciate these insightful glimpses into the complex woman behind the poems."--Denise J. Stankovics, Library Journal

"Into the World's Great Heart is a fascinating, meticulously documented, behind-the-scenes look at a writer's informal use of words in letters as Millay describes her passions, obsessions, and wide-ranging intellectual interests."--Laurie Lisle, author of Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

"No one writes like Millay. Her letters bring her unique wit and intelligence vividly to life. This invaluable new edition will make you fall in love with Millay all over again."--Melissa Girard, Loyola University Maryland

"The 'tendrils of faith' which Millay described as the natural force driving her poetry became live wires connecting her to a wide audience of admirers. In this new, masterfully edited collection, her letters have the same gripping effect on her readers."--Thomas E. Hill, Vassar College

"What a joy to enter into the 'great heart' of Edna St. Vincent Millay's correspondence! Editor Timothy F. Jackson skillfully highlights the versatile voice of this famous poet and iconic modern woman."--Catherine Keyser, author of Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture

"Edna St. Vincent Millay possessed so much life and daring and wit that she leaps from the page in these letters. What a pleasure to share her company."--Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own