Blood Too Bright

Floyd Dell Remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay

One hundred years ago, Bohemian author and editor of the radical Masses magazine, Floyd Dell, began a passionate affair with a newcomer to Greenwich Village — the yet to be discovered “girl poet,” Edna St. Vincent Millay. In the years that followed, both Dell and Millay became symbols of early 20th century feminism, rebellion, and literary freedom. A century later, while poring over her grandfather Floyd’s papers at Chicago’s Newberry Library, Jerri Dell discovered hundreds of handwritten letters and an unpublished memoir about his love affair with Millay. Finding him as outlandish, entertaining, and insightful as he was when she knew him fifty years before, she chose to bring him and his poet lover back to life within the pages of this book. Admirers of Edna Millay — as well as literary and political history buffs, Bohemian Village enthusiasts, and readers interested in writers who famously influenced social norms — are sure to enjoy this eye-witness account of a fascinating woman and exceptional poet.

“Artfully brought to vivid life are the lives and loves of two extravagantly romantic rebels who found themselves and each other at the heart of America's truest bohemia, the Greenwich Village of the 20th century.” –Douglas Clayton. author of "Floyd Dell: The Life and Times of an American Rebel."

"Blood Too Bright" offers fascinating insights into a "New Man" whose reflections on his love affair and friendship with "New Woman" poet Edna St. Vincent Millay provides fresh food for thought about the radical feminists of Greenwich Village during the early decades of the 20th century. --Lois Rudnick, author of "Mabel Dodge Luhan: New Woman, New Worlds."

Jerri Dell, Author

“Floyd Dell’s granddaughter has unearthed a trove of his private letters. This collection is the first in-depth entrée into Floyd Dell’s brilliant mind as it tries to grasp that of his still-elusive and enigmatic lover, Edna St. Vincent Millay.”—Barbara Hurd Listening to to the Savage: River Notes and Half-Heard Melodies

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