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Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) was an American poet and playwright considered a major figure in twentieth-century literature. Some argue that she is yet to be fully appreciated. Millay’s writing talents were first recognized when she was 19, with the poem “Renascence.” Here are some memorable quotes by Edna St. Vincent Millay, many brief and pointed, their simplicity belying the complexity of the poet herself.
Edna’s first collection, A Few Figs from Thistles, was published in 1921. In her lifetime, she became quite famous both for her talent and her unconventional lifestyle. It’s rare for a poet to attain superstar status, but that’s just what Edna did. Throughout the 1920s — call them Roaring or the Jazz Age — she recited to enthusiastic, sold-out crowds during her many reading tours at home and abroad.
Interspersed with her literary achievements were many love affairs with both men and women. Edna was open about her bisexuality, which was unusual for the time and continued her active love life within her open marriage.