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The following is a recording of the first volume of poetry published by Edna St. Vincent Millay. When the author had graduated from high school, she couldn’t afford to go to college. In the summer of 1912, Vincent’s sister, Norma, found work as a waitress at a hotel near where they lived. One night, Norma insisted that Vincent attend a masquerade ball, given at the hotel, if only to get Vincent out of the house and to meet people. Vincent finally gave in, and while there, sang songs and recited “Renascence,” the first poem in this collection. This immediately won over the support of one “Miss Dow,” who would help Vincent raise enough money to attend Vassar College. From there, she would meet others and become fully entrenched in, and later a major influence on, the literary community. (According to Savage Beauty, by Nancy Milford.)
I had such high hopes for this series of recording of Millay's poems. But those hopes were cruelly dashed by the very poor quality in the Renascence and Other Poems product. There is a loud and annoying humming noise within the recording. Unfortunately, that is not the only problem. Millay was a robust personality, not at all the sleepy voiced presentation which characterizes this recording. I rapidly deleted this offering. I am fond of public domain recordings and am thus somewhat reticent to complain. But, the works of Millay warrant a higher level of quality than is evidenced in this product. Avoid this recording. Dr. JLS