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St. Vincent Millay, Edna (1892–1950) By Black, Cheryl

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1135-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 13 June 2024, from


Edna St. Vincent Millay was a poet, playwright and free-spirited bohéme who epitomized the aesthetically and sexually adventurous ‘new woman’ of the early twentieth century. Born in Rockland, Maine, and raised by an unconventional mother who encouraged her intellectual and artistic pursuits, Millay garnered national attention at the age of nineteen with her lyric poem Renascence (1912). Millay’s innovative poetry, for which she received a Pulitzer Prize in 1923, integrated conventional forms with unconventional content that celebrated sexual liberation and female autonomy.

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Black, Cheryl. St. Vincent Millay, Edna (1892–1950). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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