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Blood Too Bright: Floyd Dell Remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Floyd Dell Remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay
(Biography | Memoir)

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, I have forgotten*

… two extravagantly romantic rebels – the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the writer Floyd Dell – during the jazz age in bohemian Greenwich Village

… deepens our understanding of Millay’s dedication to poetry, commitment to the radical causes of feminism and pacifism, and love affairs with women and men

… memoir, critique, and letters that bring to life both the fiery young radical and the astute man of letters 

… honest, caring portrait  of a woman Floyd Dell could not make ‘marriageable’ but would ‘stay in love with’ for the rest of his life

My candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night*

One hundred years ago, Bohemian author and editor of the radical Masses magazine, Floyd Dell, began a passionate affair with a newcomer to Greenwich Village — the yet to be discovered “girl poet,” Edna St. Vincent Millay. In the years that followed, both Dell and Millay became symbols of early 20th century feminism, rebellion and literary freedom.

A century later, while poring over her grandfather Floyd’s papers at Chicago’s Newberry Library, Jerri Dell discovered hundreds of handwritten letters and an unpublished memoir about his love affair with Millay. Finding him as outlandish, entertaining and insightful as he was when she knew him fifty years before, she chose to bring him and his poet lover back to life within the pages of this book.

*Excerpts from Sonnet XLIII and First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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