Second April

Hard Cover. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1927. Good.


Early edition, publisher's code A-B. Publisher's black cloth lettered in gilt to front board and spine. A good copy with some toning to boards, rubbing and a bit of insect damage to extremities, previous owner's gift inscription to front free endpaper, a few small closed tears to prelims. Yost 27. Second April is a collection of Millay's early poetry that includes "The Poet and His Book," "Spring," "Ode to Silence," "The Bean-Stalk," "City Trees," and "The Blue-Flag in the Bog," among others. This collection was first published by Mitchell Kennerley in 1921 before being published by Harper in 1925. Notably, Second April is indicative of Millay's changing focus from the "gaiety and impudence" of Renascence to a "delicate melancholy" that would crystalize themselves in her later verse. Yost, her biographer, explains this shift by contextualizing Millay's poetry within her development from a student into young adulthood: "the atmosphere of Greenwich Village bohemianism gives way to a nostalgia for the simplest countryside; the taunting daring of the earlier sonnets becomes a romantic grief in the passing of love."


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