A Girl Called Vincent by Krystyna Poray Goddu

The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay

Author Krystyna Poray Goddu Dave Romero/vibrantimage.com

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I encourage you to buy my book from your local independent bookseller. To find an independent bookstore,visit IndieBound. There are also many sources for purchasing the book online; I suggest ordering directly from the publisher, Chicago Review Press, or from IndieBound or from Barnes & Noble.

Permission to use photographs and quoted text from poems, letters, and diaries, published and unpublished, is granted by Holly Peppe, Literary Executor, The Millay Society.

"Luminous..." Booklist starred review

2017 Golden Kite Honor Book for Nonfiction


Cover illustration by Gabi Swiatkowska

"This vibrant biography of the poet who famously burned her candles at both ends should be at the top of every reading list. Krystyna Poray Goddu intelligently explores Edna St. Vincent Millay’s life and great talent with many fresh insights and tells her story with grace, clarity, and sympathy.”-–Emily Arnold McCully, Caldecott Award–winning author and illustrator of Mirette on the High Wire

“Beautifully written, lovingly researched and amply illustrated, A Girl Called Vincent will introduce a whole new generation to the delights of this singular American poet. Krystyna Poray Goddu’s passion for her illustrious subject animates and enlivens every single page.” –-Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder

“In this beautifully written, well-researched biography, Krystyna Poray Goddu illuminates the joys and challenges in Millay’s life, tracing her development from a restless, young woman in rural Maine to one of America’s bestselling poets and a spokesperson for her generation’s claim to personal freedom. Along the way, Goddu shares the often overlooked personal details that both shaped Millay’s world view and served as inspiration for her work.”—Holly Peppe, literary executor, Edna St. Vincent Millay; editor of Millay’s Early Poems (Penguin Classics, 1998); co-editor of Collected Sonnets (1988) and Collected Poems (Harper Perennial, 2012)

California Reading Association 20016 Eureka Nonfiction Children's Book Honor Award

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