Monday, February 23, 2009


Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine (1892). She went to Vassar College, where she wrote great poems and broke a lot of rules. The president of Vassar, Henry Noble McCracken, wrote to her: "You couldn't break any rule that would make me vote for your expulsion. I don't want a banished Shelley on my doorstep." She wrote back, "Well, on those terms I think I can continue to live in this hellhole." After college she moved to Greenwich Village, and countless men fell in love with her. When she gave poetry readings, she drew huge crowds of adoring fans. In 1923, she became the first woman poet to win the Pulitzer Prize.

She wrote, "My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends — / It gives a lovely light!"

via Writer's Almanac

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