While folks are spending evenings at home to avoid the coronavirus, the Rockland Historical Society and Millay House Rockland will sponsor the film Burning Candles: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, to be broadcast on Maine Coast TV on Wednesday, August 19, at 7 p.m. Find it on Spectrum Channel 7 and Channel 1301, on Roku at Maine Coast TV, or at mainecoast.tv.
According to the Historical Society, Burning Candles is a delightful documentary about the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the great American poet who was born in Rockland, grew up in Union and Camden, graduated from Vassar College, and lived in New York City and Austerlitz, New York, all the while writing poetry, short stories, plays, the libretto for an opera, and political articles.
She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923.
The film includes home movies, interviews with her biographers, and performances of some of her poetry.
“It shows why she was the Bob Dylan and Madonna of her generation,” said the Society.
Following the 93-minute film, there will be a brief update on the plans of Millay House Rockland.
“This will be the third Rockland Historical Society program broadcast on Maine Coast TV – a successful way to share history during a summer of quarantine,” said the Society.