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Emily Dickinson

A literary stamp to these three houses

A literary stamp to these three houses

In 1937, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay came close to refusing an honorary degree from New York University when she learned she had been excluded from a reception for male recipients of the doctorate at the Waldorf-Astoria and instead was to have a quiet dinner with the chancellor's wife. By that time, Millay had written almost 10 books of poetry, won a Pulitzer Prize and cut herself out of corsets and stays by — as she so famously put it — "burning her candle at both ends" during the Jazz Age. Photos: Literary Northeast Millay ultimately accepted the degree, but her objections to gender segregation were later taken up by the feminist movement, which viewed the...