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Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna Millay was an lyric poet whose personal life and verse reflected the attitudes of rebellious youth during the 1920's.

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2 Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna Millay was an lyric poet whose personal life and verse reflected the attitudes of rebellious youth during the 1920's.

3 Edna Millay Born on February 22, 1892 Born in Rockland, Maine

4 Edna Millay Born to Cora Lounella, a nurse and Henry Tollman Millay a schoolteacher later became a superintendent. Edna's middle name St. Vincent came from St. Vincent hospital where her uncle's life was saved. Edna Millay

5 Edna's Early Life In 1904 Edna's mother Cora divorced Edna's father Henry because of financial irresponsibility. Her and her 2 other sisters Norma and Kathleen moved from town to town living in poverty

6 Edna's Early Life Con... The family settled in a small house on the property of Cora's aunt in Camden, Maine, where Millay would write the first of the poems that would bring her literary fame. At Camden High School, Millay began developing her literary talents, starting at the school's literary magazine, The Megunticook.

7 Edna's Early life At 14 Edna won the St. Nicholas Gold Badge for poetry. 15 she had published her poetry in the popular children's magazine St. Nicholas.

8 Edna's Career Begins At 21 Edna attended Vassar College Edna's fame begin-ed In 1912 when she entered her poem Renascence in a poetry contest in Lyric Year.

9 Edna's Career Begins con... Edna's poetry impressed a woman named Caroline B. Dow, which she offered to pay Edna's education at Vassar College. After Edna's graduation in 1917 she moves to New York City.

10 Edna's Career Life Millay lived in a number of places in Greenwich Village, including a house owned by the Cherry Lane Theater, renowned for being the smallest in New York City. Edna described her life in New York as “very,very poor and very,very merry.”

11 Career Life Close friends were the writers Witter Bynner, Arthur Davison Ficke, and Susan Glaspell, as well as Floyd Dell and the critic Edmund Wilson, both proposed marriage to her and were refused. Edna wrote the Anti-war play in 1919

12 Edna's career and her new love In 1923 Edna married Eugen Jan Boissevain, Eugen supported Edna's career and took primary care of domestic responsibilities. In 1925, Boissevain and Millay bought Steepletop near Austerlitz, New York, which had been a 635-acre (257 ha) blueberry farm..

13 Edna's Life continues Both Edna and Eugen had other lovers throughout their 26 year marriage. Edna's most significant relationship was with poet George Dillion, who was 14 years her junior.

14 Edna's Reputation Edna's reputation got damaged by the poetry she wrote about the Allied war effort during the World War II The whole world holds in its arms today The murdered village of Lidice, Like the murdered body of a little child.

15 Edna In 1943 Millay was the sixth person and the second woman to be awarded the Frost Medal for her lifetime contribution to American poetry. Eugen died in 1949 of lung cancer, and Edna lived alone for the last year of her life.

16 Death and Steepletop Legacy Millay died at her home on October 19, She had fallen down stairs and was found approximately eight hours after her death. Her physician reported that she had had a heart attack following a coronary occlusion. She was 58 years old.

17 Steepletop Legacy Millay's sister Norma and her husband, the painter and actor Charles Frederick Ellis, moved to Steepletop after Millay's death. In 1973 they established Millay Colony for the Arts on the seven acres (2.8 ha) around the house and barn. In 2006, the state of New York paid $1.69 million to acquire 230 acres (0.93 km2) of Steepletop, with the intention to add the land to a nearby state forest preserve. The proceeds of the sale were to be used by the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society to restore the farmhouse and grounds and turn it into a museum.

18 Steepletop Legacy Since summer, 2010 the museum has been open to the public. Parts of the grounds of Steepletop, including a Poet's Walk that leads to Millay's grave, are now open to the public year-round. From the final weekend of May through the middle of October each year guided tours of Steepletop and Millay's gardens are available.

19 Poems By Edna St. Vincent Millay green/

20 Edna's works Some of Edna's some poems were placed in some movies like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.

21 The End Hope you enjoy the slide show and I hope you learned interesting facts about Edna St. Vincent Millay. Lajayda Nobles By: Lajayda Nobles

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