Quotes by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Poet and Playwright

edna St. VM Book cover First FigEdna St. VM image and poem First FigEdna St. Vincent Millay, born February 22, 1892, in Maine, died at fifty-eight years old on October 19, 1950 in her New York home from heart failure.

Her middle name, St. Vincent, came from St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, where her uncle’s life had been saved just before her birth. Edna called herself Vincent in her younger years. She graduated from Vassar in 1917 and moved to New York City where she lived a hectic, glamorous life as a writer and actress in Greenwich Village.

She was the third woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. She was known for feminist activism and  her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym, Nancy Boyd, for her prose work.

Edna St. Vincent Millay with music quoteMillay was a successful poet for more than a decade when her work in progress, Conversations at Midnight, was burned in a hotel fire in Florida today, May 2, in 1936. She recreated the work, which was published in 1937.

She had a nervous breakdown in 1944 that led to two years of writer’s block.

Eda St. VM quote about humanityEdna St VM poem about springEdna St. VM advice quote

Edna St. VM quote about thin crust of worldEdna St. VM quote childhood nobody diesEdna St. VM quote love doesn't lastEdna St. VM quote night with tears

Edna St. VM kiss the rain quote

Millay had another breakdown after her husband’s death in 1949, and she died of a heart attack a year later.

Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edna_St._Vincent_Millay

and http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/manuscript-of-edn


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2 responses to “Quotes by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Poet and Playwright

  1. ladywinfred

    Thanks, Jules. I found a bunch of Ms Millay’s poems online at PoemHunter.com. I’m not sure I ever read her work, but now feels like a very good time to start.



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