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Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford
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May 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, non-fiction, completed

** spoiler alert ** 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!!
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Reading Progress

May 23, 2010 – Shelved
July 2, 2010 – Started Reading
July 4, 2010 –
page 100
16.45%
July 7, 2010 –
page 143
23.52%
July 9, 2010 –
page 188
30.92%
August 28, 2010 –
page 301
49.51%
August 30, 2010 –
page 407
66.94%
September 1, 2010 –
page 608
100.0%
September 1, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
September 1, 2010 – Shelved as: non-fiction
September 1, 2010 – Finished Reading
January 25, 2018 – Shelved as: completed

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