February 22, 2015

February 22, 1892: Born, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Publicity photograph of Edna St. Vincent Millay, taken about 1914

A critic once described Edna St. Vincent Millay as "a frivolous young woman, with a brand-new pair of dancing slippers and a mouth like a valentine."

She was quite an original character, and had been all her life. As a child, she demanded to be called "Vincent", and got away with it -- most of the time. Her grade school principal, however, refused, and would call her any woman's name he could think of that started with a "V". Her poetry was first published in her teens, and before she started college, she had already had affairs with several women.

Edna died in 1950, but her home is now the site of the Millay Colony for the Arts, established by her sister in her honor in 1973.

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