Meryl Cates writes a very touching article for The Paris Review about discovering Millay as a young girl and discovering Steepletop, the Poet's home, as a young woman. It was our personal pleasure to have Meryl working with us in the gardens at steepletop this Summer.
For the first time in history, and extensive collections of Millay's treasures are on display at Vassar College where she graduated one hundred years ago. The student newspaper, Vassar Miscellaney News writes a wonderful artical about the exhibition. It's free and open to the public through June 2017.
Rural Intelligence showcases BEYOND THE POETRY : TREASURES FROM STEEPLETOP
The special benefit exhibition at McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, NY on Millay's birthday, February 22, is featured in this issue of Rural Intelligence. The fundraiser helped to raise money for Steepletop's preservation. On display were many rare photos and artifacts from the Millay Society collection, some never seen by the public before this event.
The Daily Mail Covers Millay Society Poetry Reading Event
Poet, Gerad Malanga is given the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poet Of Distinction award at a reading of Malanga's poetry, sponsored by the Millay Society at Steepletop. The event was held at McDaris Fine Art in Husdon, NY Saturday 1 March 2014
A Special Exhibition at McDaris Fine Art- Hudson NY
The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop, the poet’s historic estate
in Austerlitz, NY, will debut a new exhibition of rare photos and personal
treasures. The show opens with a fundraising reception on Millay’s birthday,
Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 5:30-9:30 pm at McDaris Fine Art in Hudson,
NY. A limited edition photo print of Steepletop, by international photographer,
Glynnis McDaris, will be featured in a silent auction at the reception.
This is also the first time that
Millay’s personal treasures will be on view outside her home. Steepletop is a
rare living museum where Millay’s artifacts have remained perfectly in place in
since her death there in 1950.
Edna St. Vincent Millay was the
most celebrated poet of her time and a significant figure in the 20th century American literature. Throughout her career, Millay led a
life unfettered by conventions. Nowhere could she enjoy personal freedom and
her own boundless imagination more than when she retreated to Steepletop, her
beloved country estate, in Austerlitz. It was there that Millay, an avid
naturalist, led a lively social life surrounded by 800 acres of farmland,
wildflowers, hills, and forests that allowed her to escape the demands of
career and celebrity in New York’s West Village.
Tickets to the special fundraising
reception and silent auction are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling
518-392-3362, emailing , or
visiting millay.org to purchase tickets online (click “events". )
Proceeds from this event will benefit the restoration of historic Steepletop,
and the conservation of the museum’s collection, natural grounds and
Special thanks go to our sponsors
at the Columbia County Tourism Bureau for helping to make this exhibition
Millay at 75 1/2 Bedford St. with Eugen (center) and Edmund Wilson circa 1923
MILLAY'S HOUSE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE IS SOLD TO NEW BUYER
The house that Vincent Millay called home from 1923 through May, 1925 at 75 1/2 Bedford Street in New York has recently been sold. The house, reported to be the narrowest in New York City, was also home to Carry Grant and children's writer Ann McGovern.
Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote of, and lived, the arc of celebrity.
She captured the defiant gaiety of her generation, shaking off the war and moving into what would soon become the Jazz Age. And she prophesied her own trajectory. . .She understood right from the beginning that there would be foes: the disapprovers, the detractors, the people who would watch her rise and wish for her to fall. Youth, beauty, talent, allure, fame, all of which Millay possessed, inspire not just admiration, but also hostility. In those four brief insouciant lines [First Fig, 1918], Millay described the arc of the celebrity.
An article in the April 2013 edition of Martha Stewart Living Magazine by Gardening Senior Editor Melissa Ozawa is entitled “The Writer’s Garden.” It features five famous women authors: Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Lawrence, Anne Spencer, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Edith Wharton.
Address: 440 East Hill Road • Austerlitz, NY 12017 Phone: 518-392-3362
The Society's mission is to illuminate the life and writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay and to preserve and interpret the character of Steepletop, her home and gardens, places where nature inspires the creative spirit.