Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

About Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay born February 22, 1892, Rockland (Maine) and died October 19, 1950 was an American poet and playwright. She was the third woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was known for her bohemian, unconventional lifestyle and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd. During her adolescence, Millay had written and published poetry in the children's magazine Saint-Nicolas, and had become a talented poetess.
Millay's fame began in 1912, in her nineteenth year, when, encouraged by her mother, she wrote her poem Renascence for a poetry competition of the lyrical year. She has a free life in the artist society of Greenwich village and takes feminist positions. She married in 1923 with Eugen Jan Boissevain. She lives with him in a house called Steepletop in Austerlitz, New York.
Millay wrote poetry, novels, anti-militarist and feminist articles, plays and even an opera libretto. Anxious to preserve her notoriety as a poet, she published her other works under the pseudonym of Nancy Boyd. In 1923, she won the Pulizer Prize for Poetry for her poem The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver. Her poem Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare (1922) celebrates mathematical beauty and is a tribute to Euclid.

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She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923.

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