Blood Too Bright

Floyd Dell Remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay



“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, author of “Listening to the Savage: River Notes and Half-Heard Melodies.”

“In this rich mélange of memoir, critique and correspondence, Jerri Dell offers a glimpse into two intriguing lives: celebrated poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and writer, editor and critic Floyd Dell. Presenting Floyd’s public as well as private writings, she brings to life both the fiery young radical and the older astute man of letters whose singular insight into Millay’s groundbreaking poetry stems from the relationship of these two important literary figures, young lovers and rebels in Greenwich Village’s first heyday in the early twentieth century. Dell’s intelligent, compelling preface, interlaced with memories of her grandfather, entices readers into this absorbing exploration of love and literature.” -- Krystyna Poray Goddu, author of “A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay”

“In Jerri Dell’s thoughtfully compiled collection of essays, letters, and commentary by her grandfather Floyd Dell, she offers readers a candid, first-person exploration of life in Greenwich Village in the roaring 1920’s. Historians know Dell as an activist and editor of The Masses, but here--as he details his lifelong fascination with Edna St. Vincent Millay--he emerges as the rejected lover who spends the rest of his life intensely analyzing the elusive poet’s personality and behavior to explain what went wrong. In doing so he illuminates not only his astute powers of observation (perhaps partly gleaned from his interest in Freud) but also her self-defined conflict between romantic love vs. art, heart vs. mind, that she tackled in both her poetry and prose. “--Holly Peppe, Literary Executor, Edna St. Vincent Millay