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A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay

By: Krystyna Poray Goddu

Edna St. Vincent Millay became a celebrated poet in the 1920s, and later, a famous bohemian. But she had a hardscrabble life at an early age, keeping house and raising her younger sisters. Time line. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9781613731727

JLG Release: Aug 2016


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: Child Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion

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Awards & Honors

The Golden Kite Awards, 2017 Honor, Young Adult Nonfiction

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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A biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950). Raised in rural Maine, Millay (known as Vincent) overcame poverty, illness, and sexism to become one of America’s most celebrated poets. Readers learn about how she cared for her family as a young girl, left home to attend Vassar College, and became the “It Girl” of Greenwi A biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950). Raised in rural Maine, Millay (known as Vincent) overcame poverty, illness, and sexism to become one of America’s most celebrated poets. Readers learn about how she cared for her family as a young girl, left home to attend Vassar College, and became the “It Girl” of Greenwich Village in New York City. The narrative is direct and clear. The facts are well researched and laid out chronologically, and students will come away with a good sense of Millay’s life, which was filled with adventures and accomplishments, from writing “the greatest American opera” (according to The New Yorker) to riding horses and climbing mountains in Indonesia. The text is accompanied by relevant photos of Millay, and the layout is clean. Excerpts of her poems are expertly chosen. Comparable to Carolyn J. Brown’s A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty (2012) and Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker (2014, both University Press of Mississippi), this is a great option to recommend to aspiring poets, writers, and feminists, as well as those who enjoy historical nonfiction. VERDICT A strong addition to any collection, especially those seeking out new titles for Women’s History Month.—Jaclyn Anderson, Madison County Library System, MS

Book Details

ISBN

9781613731727

First Release

August 2016

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

811/.52

Trim Size

18.99

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 7.7; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 11.5; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 1150L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Chicago Review Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Violence: Child Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion

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