Do you keep a daily diary? I tried once, years ago, but I realized the diary was keeping me from my creative work and was exhausting my energy that would better spent writing novels and stories. I had to give it up. I don’t keep a diary today, except to make notes on vivid dreams and other notable events in my calendar book.
In the May 16, 2022 of The New Yorker appears of an article by Maggie Doherty “Burned Out: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Consuming Stardom”, a review of the diaries of “Vincent” (as she was known to all) which are being published by Yale University Press.
She was not a committed diarist like Patricia Highsmith, who wrote 6,000 diary pages, starting when she was a teenager, and published (in edited form) by another university press. Highsmith only wrote six short novels—which proves my point.
I didn’t realize how popular Millay, the “girl-poet”, was in the 1920s and 1930s. She went on extensive tours, reading her poems to audiences. She sold 50,000 copies each of her poetry collections. (Can you imagine such sales these days?)
She was an attractive red-head who led an openly bisexual life in New York City and married a Dutch aristocrat. She was in a terrible automobile accident, which injured the nerves in her spine, and became addicted to morphine and hard booze. She died at age 58 after falling down stairs in her house.
She is perhaps best known for the stanza:
“My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night.
But oh my friends and ah my foes
It gives a lovely light.”
RIP. Vincent.
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