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Explorations Read-Aloud: “Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay” by Nancy Milford and “There Are No Islands Any More” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Friday, February 18, 2022 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction. This is a program to help keep our community connected to books during the pandemic when we are unable to meet in person.

For February 18, Coté will read aloud from Nancy Milford’s biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Savage Beauty, as well as Millay’s poem “There Are No Islands Any More.” Summary: 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. 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. Accompanying an excerpt from the biography, Coté will share Millay’s poem. A pacifist in World War I, Edna St Vincent Millay became concerned when America had not joined the war against the Germans by 1940. She wrote “There Are No Islands Any More—Lines Written in Passion and in Deep Concern for England, France and my Own Country,” a poem about American isolation that was first published in the New York Times and profited the war efforts.

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Contact Joseph at friday-explorations@usa.net

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