The Poet Named for a Building

Edna St. Vincent Millay at Vassar College

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...]