Blood Too Bright Author Jerri Dell to Discuss New Book
Date: March 25, 2017
Location: The Chatham Public Library
Fans of Edna St.Vincent Millay are not the only ones who will find much to enjoy at a talk at the Chatham Public Library on March 25 at 3:30 pm. Jerri Dell will discuss her new book: Blood Too Bright: Floyd Dell Remembers Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Jerri Dell is the granddaughter of Floyd Dell, a well-known journalist, novelist, editor and playwright during the 1920’s and ‘30s. Floyd was also a long--time friend of Edna St. Vincent Millay. In fact, he wrote an intimate memoir about his love affair with Millay in the heyday of New York City’s Greenwich Village in the early 20th Century.
Years later, in 2012, Jerri Dell discovered Floyd’s unpublished manuscript about the love affair at the Newberry Library in Chicago where her grandfather’s voluminous papers are archived. She also found hundreds of letters that Floyd wrote to Miriam Gurko, author of Restless Spirit, the first biography of Millay.
Jerri gleaned from his letters that her grandfather planned to publish his memoir and letters as a book. But when Edna’s sister, Norma Millay Ellis, threatened to sue. the project was shelved.
Fifty years later, Jerri Dell turned that memoir and the letters into Blood Too Bright, her vision of the book that her grandfather never published.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Dell’s talk is a continuation of the nonprofit group’s monthly Authors and Artists series. The free event is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session, a book sale and signing, and a reception.
The library is located at 11 Woodbridge Avenue in Chatham village and is fully handicapped accessible. For more information, call 392-3666.