I would indeed that love were longer-lived,
And vows were not so brittle as they are,
But so it is, and nature has contrived
To struggle on without a break thus far, --
Whether or not we find what we are seeking
Is idle, biologically speaking.
([Four Sonnets (1922)])
Edna St. Vincent Millay was born on February 22, 1892, in Rockland, Maine. Educated in Camden and New York, she graduated from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1917. At first, she worked as a playwright, an actress, and a journalist for Vanity Fair while making a start as a writer by publishing three plays and four remarkable books of poetry, Renascence and Other Poems (1917), A Few Figs from Thistles (1920), Second April (1921), and The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver (1922). She received the Pulitzer Prize for The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems (1923), and she married Eugen Jan Boissevain that year as well. They moved to Austerlitz, New York, in 1926, and she produced twelve more books of poetry before her death on October 19, 1950. These were
Posthumously, Norma Millay edited Edna's Mine the Harvest: A Collection of New Poems in 1954.
Caedmon Records published in 1961 an audiocassette of Millay reading her poems (TC1123). Karl Yost's A Bibliography of the Works of Edna St. Vincent Millay (New York: Harper, 1937; Z 8574.87 Y65) supplies bibliographical information, supplemented by Judith Nierman's Edna St. Vincent Millay: A Reference Guide (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1977; Z 8574 .87 .N53 Robarts Library) gives details of the poet's bibliography. Toby Shafter's Edna St. Vincent Millay: America's Best-loved Poet (New York: J. Messner, 1957; PS 3525 I495 Z78 1957 Scarborough College Library) and Jean Gould's The Poet and her Book (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1969; PS 3525 .I495Z64 Robarts Library) are representative biographies. Her Letters were edited by Allan Ross Macdougall (New York: Harper, 1952; PS 3525 .I495 Z53 Robarts Library).
Given name: Edna St. Vincent
Family name: Millay
Birth date: 22 February 1892
Death date: 19 October 1950
Honour: Pulitzer Prize: 1923
Literary period: modern