Above: Edna St. Vincent Millay, J.D. McClatchy
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Praised by poets and critics ranging from A. E. Housman and Thomas Hardy to
Edmund Wilson, Edna St. Vincent Millay's bold, exquisite poems take their
place among the enduring verse of the twentieth century. Claiming a lyric
tradition stretching back to Sappho and Catullus and making it very much her
own, Millay won over her contemporariesand readers ever sincewith her
passion, erotic candor, formal elegance, and often mischievous wit. J. D.
McClatchy's introduction and selections offer new and surprising insights into
Millay's achievement. Included are her most beloved and justly admired poems,
such as the wry bohemian anthem "Recuerdo" and the sonnet sequence Fatal
Interview, the poetic record of a love affair that is presented in its
entirety. McClatchy has also chosen works that extend our sense of Millay's
range: translations, her play Aria da Capo, and excerpts from her
libretto The King's Henchman. "I have for the most part been guided by
my taste for Millay at her tautest and truest," writes McClatchy. "There are
precise and resonant images everywhere."