Audiobook: Renascence and Other Poems

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Renascence and Other Poems

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The following is a recording of the first volume of poetry published by Edna St. Vincent Millay. When the author had graduated from high school, she couldnโ€™t afford to go to college. In the summer of 1912, Vincentโ€™s sister, Norma, found work as a waitress at a hotel near where they lived. One night, Norma insisted that Vincent attend a masquerade ball, given at the hotel, if only to get Vincent out of the house and to meet people. Vincent finally gave in, and while there, sang songs and recited โ€œRenascence,โ€ the first poem in this collection. This immediately won over the support of one โ€œMiss Dow,โ€ who would help Vincent raise enough money to attend Vassar College. From there, she would meet others and become fully entrenched in, and later a major influence on, the literary community. (According to Savage Beauty, by Nancy Milford.)

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