The Birthday of Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Edna St Vincent Millay.jpgPoet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay was born on February 22, 1892 to a mother who raised her three daughters on her own after asking her husband to leave the family home in 1899. Following her attendance at Vassar College, Millay moved to New York city, where she lived in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment and led a Bohemian lifestyle, very poor, very merry, and openly bisexual. While her works garned her a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and much approbation, a fair share of controversy followed her as well, from her frank descriptions of female sexuality and feminism to her protesting the execution of Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti . Millay died in 1950.


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