Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland's Edna St.Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950) and her elegant poems were an integral part of the "Roaring 20s" generation in America. The precocious Millay read her first memorable work, "The Lyric Year," at Camden, Maine, in 1912. The poem helped her win a scholarship to Vassar College and, retitled, became the opening for Renascence, and Other Poems (1917). Her critical and popular acclaim was impressive and placed her at the center of the American literary scene. Admired for her liberated attitude, mystical style and memorable line, "My candle burns at both ends ...", she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for "Ballad of the Harp Weaver." In later years she suffered physical, emotional and financial troubles and retired to Ragged Island in Casco Bay.

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