Hard Cover. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1924. Very Good / Dust Jacket.
Early printing. Publisher's black cloth lettered in gilt, in original unclipped bright red dust jacket. A very good copy with only a touch of wear to spine ends; dust jacket with some sunning and soiling, as well as some wear and loss to extremities and folds, not affecting lettering. Overall an attractive copy in a worn but bright dust jacket. Aria Da Capo is a one-act verse play written in three parts and named for the style of the traditional "aria da capo", a musical form in which the first section is repeated as the third and final section. This play within a play juxtaposes two classical theatrical forms, the harlequinade and the pastoral scene, in a political allegory that criticizes the greed and inhumanity that Millay observed during the First World War. It tells the story of two friends who erect a fence between their neighboring properties and quickly develop a deadly rivalry over their possession of the land and its contents. Ironically, Aria Da Capo, despite its heavy political undertones, was well-received by critics and audiences, while Millay's later and similarly political work, Make Bright the Arrows, was criticized for similar underlying themes, damaging her reputation as a writer.