A Voice of Her Generation
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
Pencil holograph of the unfinished
original draft, ca. 1912
Edna St. Vincent Millay dominated the American literary scene for
the first half of this century. Her publication of "Renascence"
in 1912 as a Vassar undergraduate gained her instant recognition.
Between 1915 and 1920 she became a celebrity in bohemian Greenwich
Village and by 1920 was known as the voice of her generation--full
of freshness, gaiety, and implied rebellion. Though her style remained
largely traditional, romantic, and lyrical, her free spirit spoke
for modernism in the arts during the Jazz Age. In 1923 her third
volume of poetry won the first Pulitzer Prize attained by a woman