Women in the the Visual Arts and Literature

Edna St. Vincent Millay

18-cent Edna St. Vincent Millay stamp
This 18-cent stamp was issued on July 10, 1981, in Austerlitz, New York, for part of the Literary Arts Series. The stamp was designed by Glenora Case Richards, and has a head portrait of Millay on it.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) became the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1923 for her work, The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver: A Few Figs from Thistles: Eight Sonnets in American Poetry. Common themes of her work include the struggle between life and death, love, and anti-fascism. Although best known as a poet, Millay also wrote well known plays such as The Lamp and the Bell in 1921. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize, Millay was also elected to join the prestigious and highly selective National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1929.