Hard Cover. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1921. First Edition. Good.
New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1921. First edition. Publisher's black cloth lettered in gilt, all edges untrimmed, lacking dust jacket as usual. A good copy with cloth generally worn and spine slightly cocked, light scattered pencil marginalia throughout, bookseller sticker to rear pastedown, otherwise clean and bright interior. 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.