Sarah Parker is a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at University of Stirling. Her first monograph is The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889-1930 (Routledge, 2013). Her other publications include articles on Michael Field, Olive Custance and a chapter in Algernon Charles Swinburne: Unofficial Laureate (Manchester UP, 2013). Her article ‘Publicity, Celebrity, Fashion: Photographing Edna St. Vincent Millay’ is forthcoming from Women’s Studies: An inter-disciplinary journal in Spring 2016.

Research Across Borders – As fragile as a metaphor: Constructing Edna St. Vincent Millay from the Library of Congress records

These newspaper and magazine articles provide a striking insight into the version of Millay constructed by the press. She is consistently referred to as a ‘little poetess’ and reviews of her live performances pay as much attention on her gowns, hairstyles and gestures as they do the words of her poems. Continue reading