Soft Cover. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1942. Near Fine.
Fourth edition, publisher's code H-V. Publisher's light blue paper wrappers lettered in black. About near fine with a touch of toning and very light wear to extremities, one small scratch to the front flap. Overall, a beautiful copy. Written following the Nazi-led destruction of the Czechoslovakian village of Lidice during World War II, this book-length elegy celebrates the town for what it once was and laments the devastation caused by the 1942 massacre of the village's residents. The massacre, initiated in response to the assassination of a Nazi leader, resulted in the deaths of hundreds of men, women, and children through mass execution in the village and in Nazi death camps. Millay's book-length poem was one of several international responses to the massacre that honored the town of Lidice. First published in Life Magazine, the poem went on to be broadcast widely over the radio and sold as its own book by Harper & Brothers publishers. While it remains one of Millay's lesser-known works, The Murder of Lidice resonated strongly with the public after the massacre, and is credited with bringing awareness of the tragedy to American audiences and inspiring sympathy.