Hard Cover. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1920. Good.
Early edition. Publisher's black vertically ribbed cloth lettered in gilt to front board and spine. A good copy with hinges cracked but holding, some loss of cloth to front joint, creasing to rear board, extremities worn, front free endpaper lacking, remnants of now-erased inscription to first free leaf. 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, while Millay's later and similarly political work, Make Bright the Arrows, was criticized for similar themes and damaged her reputation as a writer, Aria Da Capo, with all its political undertones, was well-received by critics and audiences.