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This was an amazing read! Yeah, it took me forever, but it's dense. Every scenario, moment of this passionate poet's life has a series of letters illuminating the circumstances further, an entire lifetime worth of associates and fellows to share in her experiences, and Milford goes into it all! Absolutely a wonderfully thorough biography, with all of the intrigues and artistry of being there.
I only had one issue; it wasn't until Milford began examining Millay's later involvement in anti-war advocacy prior to the US's involvement in WWII, that Milford really got thorough with describing the historical, socio-political issues prevalent in her life. There were so many issues in Millay's experiences that seem so foreign to people of our era... ah well! We all wish that the great reads were a couple of hundred pages longer!!