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Full Name: Edna St. Vincent Millay
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(1892-1950) Poet, playwright. One of the most popular poets of her era, Edna St. Vincent Millay was admired as much for the bohemian freedom of her youthful life style as for her verse. During the early 1920s she lived in Greenwich Village (some of her New York addresses include 75 ½ Bedford Street, Greenwich Village (There is a plaque on the house), 139 Waverly and 25 Charlton Street), and wrote satiric sketches for "Vanity Fair" under the pseudonym Nancy Boyd. Among her friends were Edmund Wilson and John Peale Bishop. "Renascence," Millay's first volume of poetry, appeared in 1917 and was praised for its freshness and vitality. It was followed by "A Few Figs from Thistles" (1920), "Second April" (1921), and "The Ballad of the Harp Weaver" (1922; Pulitzer Prize). She was a member of the Provincetown Players, a group that produced several of her verse dramas, including "Aria de Capo" (1920) and "Two Slatterns and a King" (1921). Among her later volumes are "Fatal Interview" (1931), a superb sonnet cycle; "Conversation at Midnight" (1937); and "Make Bright the Arrows" (1940). She also wrote the libretto for Deems Taylor's opera "The King's Henchman" (1927) and, with George Dillon, she translated Baudelaire's "Flowers of Evil" (1936). After 1923, she lived out the rest of her life in Austerlitz, New York.
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1923 Columbia County
After living and writing in Manhattan, she married Eugen Jan Boissevain, a Dutch coffee importer, in 1923 and moved to Steepletop, a farm near Austerlitz, N.Y. Although her socially conscious later poetry is generally considered inferior to her early work, it exhibits her absolute mastery of the sonnet form. Among her later volumes are "Fatal Interview" (1931), a superb sonnet cycle; "Conversation at Midnight" (1937); "The Buck in the Snow;" and "Make Bright the Arrows" (1940). She also wrote the libretto for Deems Taylor's opera "The Kings Henchman"(1927) and, with George Dillon, she translated Baudelaire's "Flowers of Evil" (1936). Eugen Boissevain died in the autumn of 1949, and Millay died of a heart attack less than a year later. In February 1974, her sister, Norma Millay announced that Steepletop would become an arts colony, opening in 1976. 
1914 Dutchess County
Millay attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1914-1917, then moved to Greenwich, New York City. 
1892 (Unknown) County
Edna Saint Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine, in 1892. 
1950 Columbia County
Edna Saint Vincent Millay died at her home near Austerlitz, New York, in 1950. 
1917 New York County
Renascence
Millay's first volume of poetry, appeared in 1917 and was praised for its freshness and vitality. 
1920 New York County
A Few Figs from Thistles
 
1921 New York County
Second April
 
1922 New York County
The Ballad of the Harp Weaver
Pulitzer Prize 
1920 New York County
Aria de Capo
Verse dramas 
1921 New York County
Two Slatterns and a King
Verse dramas 
1931 Columbia County
Fatal Interview
A superb sonnet cycle. 
1937 Columbia County
Conversation at Midnight
 
1940 Columbia County
Make Bright the Arrows
 
1927 Columbia County
The King's Henchman
She also wrote the libretto for Deems Taylor's opera "The King's Henchman" (1927) and, with George Dillon. 
1936 Columbia County
Flowers of Evil
She translated Baudelaire's "Flowers of Evil."  
1940 Columbia County
The Buck in the Snow
 
1950 Columbia County
Millay is buried at her home "Steepletop", near Austerlitz, New York. 
? New York County
Millay lived in New York City. 
? Westchester County
Millay had a home in Croton On Hudson, New York. 

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