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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American poet long regarded as a major twentieth-century figure in the genre. Wildly popular in her lifetime, she’s no longer as widely read and studied, though still well regarded in the field of poetry.

Her middle name really was an homage to the New York City’s St. Vincent’s hospital, where the life of an uncle was saved before she was born. After her parents were divorced, there was minimal contact with their father. Her mother, Cora, was frequently away from home, on the road as a visiting nurse and itinerant hairdresser.

Edna and her sisters Norma and Kathleen were raised near coastal Maine by their single mother, who taught them to value independence and appreciate literature, visual art, and music. Read More→

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