Edna St. Vincent Millay biography

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Playwright, Author

1892 – 1950


Who was Edna St. Vincent Millay?

Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work. The poet Richard Wilbur asserted, "She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century."

Famous Quotes:

  • April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.
  • Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.
  • If I love you Wednesday, What is that to you? I do not love you Thursday -- so much is true.
  • A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down.
  • Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
  • It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it's one damn thing over and over.
  • Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do; Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does.
  • God, I can push the grass apart and lay my finger on Thy heart.
  • Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world -- it is thin.
  • 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!

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Feb 22, 1892
Also known as
  • Edna St Vincent Millay
  • Millay, Edna St. Vincent
  • Nancy Boyd
  • Vincent
  • White American
  • United States of America
  • Vassar College
Lived in
  • Maine
Oct 19, 1950

on July 23, 2013


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