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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1930
Topic:
Interior
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.78.259
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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Artist:
Charles Ellis, 1892 - 1976
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Painting
Date:
1934
Topic:
Printed Material\Book
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Bookcase
Interior\Library
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist and Mrs. Norma Millay Ellis
Object number:
NPG.68.15
Exhibition Label:
Born Rockland, Maine
Literarily and temperamentally precocious, the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay exemplified the spirit of the "Roaring Twenties" and the emancipation of American women. She started writing as a child and became a rebellious student at Vassar College. In 1917 she moved to Greenwich Village, the center of avant-garde and rebel culture. She won the Pulitzer Prize for The Harp-Weaver in 1923. Poetically, Millay was a romantic, inspired by the ecstatic visions of John Keats and William Wordsworth; her first notable poem "Renascence" (1912) spoke of a nature that "breathed my soul back into me." Her famous quatrain "First Fig" (1920) celebrates abandonment:
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.
Millay’s romanticism was at odds with literary modernism, and her reputation has declined. However, during the 1920s she exemplified the age that she did so much to define.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Artist:
Berenice Abbott, 17 Jul 1898 - 9 Dec 1991
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1929
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry\Ring
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.76.83
Rights:
© Berenice Abbott / Commerce Graphics Ltd., Inc.
Exhibition Label:
Literarily and temperamentally precocious, Edna St. Vincent Millay exemplified the spirit of the roaring twenties and the emancipation of American women. After a rebellious college career at Vassar, she moved to Greenwich Village, the center of avant-garde culture. Poetically, Millay was a Romantic, inspired by the ecstatic visions of Keats and Wordsworth; her first notable poem, “Renascence” (1912), spoke of a nature that “breathed my soul back into me.” Her famous quatrain “First Fig” (1920) celebrates sexual abandonment: “My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— / It gives a lovely light.” Millay’s romanticism was at odds with literary modernism, and her reputation has declined. For a while, however, she perfectly represented the age that she did so much to define. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Artist:
William Zorach, 28 Feb 1887 - Nov 1966
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Ink, charcoal and colored pencil on paper
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1923
Topic:
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.151
Exhibition Label:
William Zorach's portrait of Edna St. Vincent Millay appeared in Century magazine in June 1923, accompanying a laudatory article on her poetry, which had just earned her the Pulitzer Prize. Zorach met Millay around 1917, when both were working with the Provincetown Players in Greenwich Village. He depicts Millay's lovely features and intelligent gaze, while the provocative opening of her jacket hints at her independent spirit and charismatic personality. Others described her as a tiny, pale young woman with bright-red bobbed hair and sea-green eyes who dominated her surroundings. One of the most widely read poets of her generation, Millay was famous for such verses as "First Fig":
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-
It gives a lovely light!
Born Rockland, Maine
Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay personified the rebellious spirit of the 1920s, both in her work and in her bohemian lifestyle. After graduating from Vassar in 1917—the same year she published her first volume of verse—Millay became part of the artists’ community in New York’s Greenwich Village. In what is her most often-quoted quatrain, she summarized her existence there: "My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends / It gives a lovely light!" Millay worked in traditional verse forms and took as her main theme the integrity of the individual spirit. In 1923, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her Ballad of the Harp-Weaver.
This portrait by her friend William Zorach appeared in Century magazine shortly afterward, in June 1923, accompanying a laudatory article.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Artist:
Soss Efram Melik, 1914 - 2003
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1945
Topic:
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.74.30
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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1933
Topic:
Interior
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Flowers
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Prentiss Taylor
Object number:
NPG.84.141
Rights:
© Carl Van Vechten Trust
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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1933
Topic:
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Prentiss Taylor
Object number:
NPG.84.140
Rights:
© Carl Van Vechten Trust
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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Artist:
Henrietta Seitner Krohn, 16 Feb 1898 - 27 Sep 1995
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Dutchess\Poughkeepsie
Date:
1919
Topic:
Exterior\Architecture
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Charles A. Krohn in memory of Henrietta Seitner Krohn
Object number:
NPG.97.8
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Edna St. Vincent Millay by William Zorach

Creator:
National Portrait Gallery
Type:
Sound recordings
Podcast
MIME Type:
audio/mpeg
Uploaded:
Mon, 18 Jun 2007 19:00:00 GMT
Topic:
Portraits
Copyright:
2007 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
2007 Smithsonian Institution
Podcast Keywords:
National Portrait Gallery, graphic art, drawings, prints, watercolor, watercolors, portraiture, portraits, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eye Contact
Duration:
51 SECS
Author:
National Portrait Gallery
Subtitle:
Eye Contact, Modern American Portrait Drawings
Size:
818.1 kB
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18c Edna St. Vincent Millay single

Scott Catalogue USA 1926
Medium:
paper; ink ( ); adhesive /
Type:
Postage Stamps
Place:
United States of America
Date:
July 10, 1981
Topic:
Literature
Credit line:
Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.
Object number:
1994.2027.432
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National Postal Museum
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18c Edna St.Vincent Millay design file

Physical Description:
Design file may contain any of the following: stamp designs; documents; correspondence; newspapers; articles; press releases; artists' guides; descriptions; designs; drawings; memorandums; and photographs.
Date:
ca. 1981
Name:
Millay, Edna St.Vincent
Topic:
Postage stamps--United states--History
Postage stamp design
Catalog number:
Scott Catalogue USA 1926
Notes:
Edna St.Vincent Millay, 1892-1950
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Stamp Design Files, Third Postmaster General's Office at the National Postal Museum Library, Smithsonian Libraries
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Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Edna St Vincent Millay

Artist:
William Zorach, 28 Feb 1887 - Nov 1966
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1925
Topic:
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
Current Owner: Museum of the City of New York, Theatre Collection
Object number:
61.249 AB
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery
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Edna St Vincent Millay

Artist:
Georges Schreiber, 25 Apr 1904 - 1977
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Ink and pencil on paper
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1928-1950
Topic:
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
Current Owner: Harry Ransom Center
Object number:
65.10.61
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery
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Edna St Vincent Millay

Artist:
Maxim Kopf, 1892 - 1958
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Painting
Date:
1944
Topic:
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
Current Owner: Everson Museum of Art of Syracuse & Onondaga County
Object number:
PC 50.581
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery
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Edna St Vincent Millay

Artist:
Agnes Yarnall, 1904 - 1989
Sitter:
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 22 Feb 1892 - 19 Oct 1950
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
c. 1931
Topic:
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Literature\Writer\Letter writer
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
Current Owner: Harry Ransom Center
Object number:
65.285
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Catalog of American Portraits
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Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery
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Edna St. Vincent Millay, (painting)

Painter:
Stella, Joseph 1877-1946
Subject:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Topic:
Occupation--Writer
Portrait female
Control number:
IAP 82610007
Notes:
Exh.catalog "Collectors' Collections: Avnet, Cohen, Valente". Adelphi U., Garden City, N.y., 1968
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Edna St. Vincent Millay, (sculpture)

Edna Saint Vincent Millay, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Willis, Robert G.
Subject:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: rock
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Camden Public Library Main Street Library park Camden Maine 04843
Date:
1989. Dedicated Aug. 15, 1989
Topic:
Portrait female--Full length
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Object--Written Matter--Book
Control number:
IAS ME000017
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Maine survey, 1994
Summary:
Depiction of Edna St. Vincent Millay standing with both her arms behind her back holding a book of poetry. Her head is turned toward the proper left side and her hair is pulled back in a bun
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), (painting)

Painter:
Ellis, Charles 1892-1976
Subject:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 68.15
Date:
1934
Topic:
Portrait female--Knee length
Occupation--Writer--Poet
Architecture interior--Domestic--House
Object--Written Matter--Book
Control number:
IAP 08650428
Notes:
"National Portrait Gallery: Permanent Collection Illustrated Checklist," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Instit. Press, 1987, pg. 203
Summary:
Portrait of Edna St. Vincent Millay curled up on an upholstered chair in front of a bookcase, her body turned slightly to the right, her head turned to the right, and her gaze directed off to the right. Her left arm rests on the arm of her chair and her right arm rests in her lap with a book held in her right hand. She wears a long white dress
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
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Second April / Edna St. Vincent Millay

Author:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent 1892-1950
Donor:
Bowles, Mira DSI
Associated name:
Kennerley, Mitchell b. 1878 DSI
Physical description:
[8], 112 p. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1921
Notes:
Hand made paper
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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The indigo bunting; a memoir of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Author:
Sheean, Vincent 1899-1975
Subject:
Millay, Edna St. Vincent 1892-1950
Physical description:
131 p. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
[1973, c1951]
Call number:
CT275.M632 S5 1973
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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