The Poet Named for a Building

Yesterday was the birthday of Edna St. Vincent Millay, American lyrical poet, playwright and feminist.  Born in 1892, she was named, not for a Catholic saint (as it would seem), but for a hospital.  Just before her birth, her uncle’s life was saved at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York; in appreciation of the uncle's recovery, her family made "St. Vincent" her middle name.From her youth, Millay’s talent for writing was evident:  As a student at Camden High School, she wrote for the school’s l … [Read more...]

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