“American Sappho” – Ep.23

Famous and then forgotten in her own time, Edna St. Vincent Millay is well known today, and you’ve probably heard her poetry before, such as:

“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!”

While primarily a poet, she also wrote plays, librettos, and novels, but most people today just remember a handful of poems and a bisexual butterfly.

Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way)

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Daniel Mark Epstein

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