Edna St. Vincent Millay was a famous poet and playwright born in Rockland.
When she was young, it was clear to her teachers and mother that she was a skilled writer and should strive to attend college.
By 1913, she pursued higher education at Vassar College in New York to follow her interest in writing.
During her career she frequently used the pen name Nancy Boyd, publishing poems, short stories and plays. In 1923 she became the third woman in history to receive the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry.
As a free-speaking woman in her day, she has stood out as a successful role model and feminist. She died at the age of 58 in 1950 of a heart attack.
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