Edna St. Vincent Millay and friends, Rockland, 1912

Contributed by Camden Public Library


Edna St. Vincent Millay. at left, and her Camden High School classmates are seated on a seaside porch, likely at Ash Point in Rockland. On the back of the photo is written, "August 17, 1912."

The group of friends graduated from Camden High School in 1909. The photo was taken just days before Millay's "discovery" at Whitehall Inn in Camden on August 29, 1912.

Her sister Norma worked in the Whitehall Inn dining room and at a party the end of the season, Edna entertained the guests and staff with her singing and playing the piano. Her recital of her poem "Renascence" enthralled everyone including Caroline Dow, who arranged for Millay's scholarship to Vassar College. Mrs. Dow introduced Millay to the literary community in New York, the launching pad for Millay's meteoric rise as poet and playwright.

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  • Title: Edna St. Vincent Millay and friends, Rockland, 1912
  • Creation Date: 1912-08-17
  • Subject Date: 1912-08-17
  • Local Name: Ash Point
  • Town: Rockland
  • County: Knox
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 17 cm x 24 cm
  • Local Code: ESVM Collection V. 4
  • Collection: Edna St. Vincent Millay Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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