DescriptionEdna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950). Superb archive belonging to Anne Wills Gardner, Vassar roommate and life-long friend of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Archive includes personal autograph letters, inscribed books, a signed photograph, original poems written for Ms. Gardner by the Poet (including "Five Limericks in Love of Anne"), and a remarkable early selection of fair copies of poems believed to have been typed by Millay herself and presented with an inscription to Ms. Gardner dated 1916 [one year before the publication of her first book, Renascence].
New York and elsewhere: 1916-1956. Twenty-two octavo volumes of which thirteen are first editions and ten are signed and inscribed by Millay, ten autograph letters signed by Millay, four periodicals, six photographs, one scrapbook of newspaper articles and one cable telegram. Ten typed pages of poems by Millay, one with a partial holograph manuscript (Possession). All inscriptions and letters are written to Anne Gardner Lynch (also addressed as Anne McNeile or Mrs. Lyle McNeile), who is referenced to as a "college friend" in Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay. A very good collection of items shared between Millay and Anne Gardner. Ms. Millay and Ms. Gardner met at Vassar [Millay was at Vassar from 1913 to 1917] and became instant friends, and roommates for at least part of their time at school, and remained close friends until the poet's death in 1950.
Millay's typed poems presented in a "Shipman's Common Sense Binder" stamped in gilt on the cover: "Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay" and include:
From Renascence (1917): Witch-Wife, The Little Tavern (appears as Tavern in Renascence), God's World, Ashes of Life, Kin to Sorrow, Indifference, Sorrow, Blue-Beard, Sonnet (V), Interim (carbon), The Suicide (carbon), From A Few Figs from Thistles (1922): First Fig, Second Fig (order of the verses is switched in this typescript), The Penitent, Other poems included: Tiny-Bird, Perfectly Suited, Honey-Bees, Forgiveness.
A Few books from the collection (complete list can be found at HA.com/6174):
Renascence and Other Poems. 1917. First edition, second issue, with MBM watermark. Inscribed "from Vince".
The Harp-Weaver. 1920. First edition, signed.
The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems. 1920. First edition, signed, dust jacket.
Second April. 1921. Dust jacket.
Second April. 1921.
A Few Figs from Thistles. 1922. Inscribed.
Three Plays. 1926.
The King's Henchman. 1927.
The Buck in The Snow. 1928. First edition, signed, dust jacket.
Poems Selected for Young People. 1929. First edition, signed.
Fatal Interview. 1931. First edition, signed, dust jacket.
The Princess Marries the Page. 1932. First edition.
Huntsman, What Quarry? 1933. First edition, dust jacket.
Wine from These Grapes. 1934. First edition, signed, dust jacket.
Flowers of Evil. 1936. First edition.
Conversation at Midnight. 1937. First edition.
Make Bright the Arrows. 1939. First edition, signed, dust jacket.
Mine the Harvest. 1941. First edition, dust jacket.
The Murder of Lidice (With Newsweek article). 1942. First edition.
Letters of Edna St. Vincent Millay. 1952. First edition.
Collected Poems. 1956.
OTHER BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
Selected Poetical Works Vol. 1 (Binder). Inscribed.
A book of Vassar Verse. 1916
The Vassar Miscellany Monthly. May, 1917.
Harpers Magazine (Fourteen pomes by Edna St. Vincent Millay). November, 1935.
The Nation (A memoir of Edna St. Vincent Millay). April, 1952.
The Outlook. November, 1927.
Vanity Fair. May, 1927.
11 hand written letters.
6 verses and limericks in her hand (copies).
A photo of her and Eugen.
Several photos of Ms. Millay. One signed.
A photo of the interior of Steepletop.
Notes on her 1930 extended reading tour.
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