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Millay, Edna St. Vincentlocked

(22 February 1892–19 October 1950)
  • Robert L. Gale

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Millay, Edna St. Vincent (22 February 1892–19 October 1950), poet, was born in the small town of Rockland, Maine, the daughter of Henry Tollman Millay, a schoolteacher, and Cora Buzzelle. In 1900 Cora Millay divorced her husband for financial irresponsibility and soon thereafter moved to Camden, Maine, with Edna and her sisters. The hardworking mother supported them by nursing—often overnight—and encouraged her daughters to love reading and music and to be independent. Millay attended public high school, where she wrote for and served as editor in chief of the school magazine (1905–1909). She also published several juvenile pieces in the ...

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