Edna St Vincent Millay

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  • Joel Van Valin (Independent Scholar - Europe)

Although her successors were few and her innovations minor, Edna St. Vincent Millay remains a candescent figure in 20th century American literature. If F. Scott Fitzgerald was the fictional voice of the Lost Generation , she was its poetic spokesperson. A well-known personality in Greenwich Village, Millay was legendary for her Byronic attitude and casual affairs. Heightened by music and irreverent wit, her poetry contains complex, intuitive meter and rhyme variations, and she was considered by some contemporaries to be among America’s greatest lyric poets.

Born in 1892 in Rockport Maine, her parents separated when she was eight. Cora Millay moved her daughters Edna (the eldest), Norma and Kathleen to several locales in New …

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Van Valin, Joel. "Edna St Vincent Millay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2005
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3115, accessed 30 November 2015.]

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