Edna St. Vincent Millay: From City Lights to Simple Stone

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), recipient of the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, was a daring, versatile writer who lived in Greenwich Village in the early 1920’s. Her poems about social equality and personal freedom brought new hope to a generation of youth disillusioned by the social and political upheaval of the First World War. Her work adds a vibrant personal dimension to the era’s social history by illuminating the bohemian lifestyle she and her friends enjoyed.

Holly Peppe, Millay’s Literary Executor, and Mark O’Berski, Vice President of the Millay Society, will present an illustrated talk about Millay’s life and career from her early days in the Village to her country life at Steepletop in Austerlitz, NY, where her house and gardens are now open for visitors. Dr. Peppe, who edited the Penguin and Harper’s editions of Millay’s poems, will also share stories about her friendship with the poet’s sister and include selected readings from the poet’s work.

Information about Steepletop, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s country home, will be available. Steepletop is open to visitors and is an ideal location for a scenic day trip from New York City.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
6:30 pm

Jefferson Market Library, Sixth Avenue at West 10th Street