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Savage Beauty kindle ´ eBook 9780375760815 ç [Ebook] ➢ Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay ➨ Nancy Milford – Thomas Hardy once said that America had two great attractions the skyscraper and the poetry of Edna St Vincent Millay The most famous poet of the Jazz Age Millay captivatMen and women single and married flouted convention Beauty The Life of Edna Epubsensationally and became the embodiment of the New WomanThirty years after her landmark biography of Zelda Fitzgerald Nancy Milford returns with an iconic portrait of this passionate fearless woman who obsessed What a riveting biography of a remarkable literary and feminist icon It took Nancy Milford 30 years to write this biography of Vincent and after you read it you can understand why Milford remains remarkably true to her sources a vast treasure trove of at that point unseen letters journals notebooks unfinished works and from Edna St Vincent Millay's estate In the book she lets the sources stretch their legs and breathe allowing us readers to stew in Vincent's rich impeccable writing We get to read full letters full ten page poems We are transported into the thick of her sumptuous drama laden life Yet Milford allows Vincent's literary triumphs her frank eroticism her late in life petulance addiction and downward spiral to unfold uietly without a hint of sensationalism Above all this book feels honestBut It seems to me that Milford made a conscious methodological decision with this biog one I ultimately lamented Savage Beauty almost reads in real time; that is she revels in the details of Vincent's fantastic life in a way that makes you feel like you are watching it via hidden camera Yet Milford does little in the way of contextualization As a historian I walked away wondering why Milford failed to situate Vincent's life in the history of feminism during this time changing sexual ideals and possibilities for American women the history of New York's bohemia I could go on and on about the themes that could have been addressed here Vincent's life seemed a perfect entry point onto these fascinating processes but Milford declined to allow it to be so As someone who knows significantly less about poetry than I do about history I longed for some analysis of Vincent's work Vincent's poems seemed so old fashioned during a time of striking experimentation with modernist forms Wasn't she a throwback Was she just a celebrity or was she truly deserving of the heaps of praise she received throughout her lifeMilford offers little in the way of judgment of Vincent her poetry and her life While I think this was purposeful and on some level admirable it seemed as if she passed up a rare opportunity to explain the way that the early 20th century influenced Vincent and vice versa

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America even as she tormented herself Chosen by USA Today as one of the top ten books of the year Savage Beauty is a triumph in the art of biography Millay was an American original one of those rare characters like Sylvia Plath and Ernest Hemingway whose lives were even dramatic than their a I will admit that I didn't know of Edna St Vincent Millay before starting on this book and so I greatly enjoyed the introduction to her poetry certain poems are excerpted at length in this book and I found them to be lovely and insightful Moreover the portrait of Edna and her entire family was detailed layered and complex In fact the entire description of Edna's life called out for psychological interpretation at nearly every turn Although I never felt that I really liked any of the characters I found them to be realistic and fascinating as well as products of their particularly interesting time period My only critiue of this book is that I thought the author was often too present in the book she appears as a character and her own interpretations of the personalities are repeatedly reiterated throughout the book Despite the at times heavy handed writing this was a compelling biography of a fascinating woman

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Savage Beauty The Life of Edna St Vincent MillayThomas Hardy once said that America The Life eBook #9734 had two great attractions the skyscraper and the poetry Savage Beauty MOBI #194 of Edna St Vincent Millay The most famous poet of the Jazz Age Millay captivated the Beauty The Life Epub #217 nation She smoked in public took many lovers For your ears You can thank me laterI've decided that I like Edna St Vincent Millay as a person than as a poet I feel bad about that to a certain degree Because how would I know about her if not first for her poetry She gained popularity for her writing and her personal life was secondary sortaNancy Milford does a great job here of researching Vincent's life primarily through talking with Vincent's sister Norma who passed away in 1986 One note of serious annoyance Nowhere in the Acknowledgements does Milford thank Norma or the memory of Norma or make any reference whatsoever to Norma I'm a bit disgusted by that Milford likely wouldn't have gotten nearly as much personal information if it had not been for Norma Jeebus There were two large segments of bw photos from Vincent's life some from her years at Vassar some with her sisters later with one or two or three lovers later still with her husband outside their home Steepletop and even later looking rather sickly as she was The photos help bring Milford's writing to life and I enjoyed flipping through the photos as they came up in Milford's biographyVincent's life was clearly lived to her fullest She had no ualms with falling in lovelustbed with whomever showed her the slightest bit of attention These experiences are also detailed in Daniel Epstein's What Lips My Lips Have Kissed The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St Vincent Millay but are also written about in great detail in Milford's biographyHere's the main thing I've learned about Vincent she was a dependent and co dependent person She was from what I can tell never actually alone From the time her father left and she had to take care of her mother and two younger sisters to her studies at Vassar where she experiences for the first time the lubbins of another woman to her later years with her husband and a line of various men I think she actually lived and thrived because of the attentions lavished on her by just about everyone Normally I would hate this about her but while I'm not thrilled about it it sort of contributes to what I find so interesting about herShe's often compared to a modern Lord Byron that whole mad bad and dangerous to know thing which also defines Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills 90210 She wasn't heartless though She genuinely loved everyone she was with but often made poor choices; she was entirely too self centered and concerned only with making herself happy Train wreck that's what Millay was a freaking train wreck and I love every minute of learning about her lifeNot uite sure what this says about me But maybe someone can write a biography of me and delve into that issueShe was a lovely woman and for most of her years she was a hard worker something I will always appreciate and respect She wrote than just poetry so she wasn't just a one trick pony But I think her life got in her way in ways than one and she probably could have been even We'll never know but that's my impression