Collected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay


A Harper Perennial Modern Classics P.S. edition of the 1956 Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, this new package updates the cover and adds insights, interviews, and more, while keeping the beautiful and classic look of the celebrated original

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My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends — It gives a lovely light!
“First Fig” from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920)

Edna St. Vincent Millay, who, in the mid-forties, wrote, “…this age endowed with power/To wake the moon with footsteps…” has long been acclaimed for the innovative nature of her thought as expressed in her work—poetry, plays, songs, satires, and essays. This Collected Poems, as compiled by Norma Millay, includes the poet’s last volume, Mine the Harvest, considered by many to contain her best work.

Millay, the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, wrote the libretto for The King’s Henchmen, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, and was the author of several plays, among them the widely performed Aria da Capo and the provocative Conversation at Midnight. The things that concern us today—relationships between men and women, compassion for one’s fellows, commitment to one’s country, the tender stewardship of our natural resources—these things from the beginning were the material of her writing.

Collected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
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