Happy Birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Fallen Beauty cover final


Today is poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s birthday. This fascinating woman inspired my forthcoming novel, FALLEN BEAUTY, and she is a major character in the book. Her poetry earned her the Pulitzer Prize, and at the height of her career she sold out thousand seat auditoriums for her readings.

Here is a short trailer about how I came to write FALLEN BEAUTY:


To celebrate Millay’s birthday, I’m giving away a copy of FALLEN BEAUTY. To win, please leave a comment below by 9 PM EST on 2/23 with a fact you know about Millay, your favorite poet, or if you would simply like to learn more about Millay. Please share on social media. (US residents only, please.)

Good Luck!






31 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay

  1. I remember a high school classmate reading aloud Renascence and I’ve been a huge fan of Millay’s ever since. I can’t wait to read.

  2. Lisa Houser says:

    I would LOVE to learn more about her- by reading your book! ;)

  3. Domenicq McGrath says:

    It’s a good thing TMZ wasn’t around when Millay was sowing her oats…

  4. Jennifer McFarland says:

    As a mad woman from Maine, I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  5. Christina Zayas says:

    I would love to learn more about Edna St. Vincent Millay. I have read all of Erika Robuck’s novels and I have not had the opportunity to purchase Fallen Beauty. I love poetry so winning a copy would be a thrill especially by one of my favorite authors.

  6. Rachelle Strachar says:

    Would so love to learn more about this intriguing woman!!

  7. Stacey Tardif says:

    She is such a fascinating woman. Can’t wait to read this!

  8. Laurie Berglie says:

    Hope I’m commenting in the correct spot this time! ;-)

  9. Rhonda says:

    Scince I read Nancy Mitfords book about her& her unusual free spirited life I can’t wait to read your vision of her.

  10. Erin Cashman says:

    I can’t wait to read this book, Erika! I love the lake district poets – especially Wordsworth – but I’m eager to learn more about Edna!

  11. Kathie fredette says:

    Happy birthday Millay!

  12. Caralee says:

    I love her poem “city trees”. I’m so excited to read more about her!

  13. Stephanie Burns says:

    Three very important people born on February 22–Millay, George Washington and my mom! I can’t wait to read this book. I absolutely loved how Hemingway’s Girl and Call Me Zelda brought such freshness to figures we thought we knew, and paired them with such wonderful characters like Mariella, Gavin and Anna. I’m know that I will devour this book in days, just as I did with the others!

  14. Becca says:

    I am so eager to read this book and add it to my collection of Erika Robuck novels!

  15. Hello Erika Robuck ~ Millay lived and loved her poetic expression through the lawless lifestyle of the bohemian. Having lived as a bohemian writer in the ’90’s, myself, I have a keen interest to read about a high-profile poet who ‘ripped it up’ in the ’20’s when it was roaring…and I know how you delve into your writers’ psyches. Happy Birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay ~ may your strong impression remind all writers that we are, within loving reason, meant to be free thinkers.

  16. Terry M says:

    I have never read any poetry by Millay and on the whole am not a big fan of poetry. I will have to give some of her poems a try. Looking forward to learning more about Edna by reading your book!

  17. Barbara Newhard says:

    I have loved reading all of your novels and look forward to this one with great anticipation. I really don’t know much about Millay, so I recognize that I will learn a lot from this book, as I have from everything I have read and enjoyed from your collection of historical novels.

  18. girlluck13 says:

    I know nothing about Edna…but I’m very curious about her and can’t wait to read your book.

  19. Melissa Buck says:

    I loved your style of writing in both Hemingways Girl and Call Me Zelda. Both were wonderfully written and kept me up late into the wee hours.In both cases, I was led to learn much more about them and read their works as well. I can’t wait to read Fallen Beauty and learn more about Millay, her life and her poetry.

  20. Wanda Moser says:

    I’m looking forward to your new book and to learning about her!

  21. bn100 says:

    Would like to learn more about her

  22. Sharon says:

    So looking forward to reading the book and having a chance to talk to you about with our book club!

  23. Pattie says:

    I’m in Alaska and I think I just missed the deadline…sorry! But I look forward to learning more about her as I read your book :)

  24. Adela Holda says:

    I so look forward to exploring the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay. She sounds like a fascinating character and I’m sure “Fallen Beauty” will be quite enlightening.

  25. drbethnolan says:

    I’ve admired her poems, but know next to nothing about her! can’t wait to read your book. Thanks for hosting! :) -beth

  26. One thing I know about her is that she was the one to first coin the phrase about burning your candle at both ends in her poem, First Fig, which is pretty cool. I’m dying to read your book! Edna was a fascinating person!

  27. Caroline says:

    I can’t wait to read this one! I loved “Call Me Zelda”.

  28. Celticlady says:

    I know absolutely nothing about poetry or about Millay herself and I would love to learn more…thank you for the giveaway!!

  29. I love the fact that she, her mother, and her sister lived in Greenwich Village… and I’d love to read your new book!

  30. librarypat says:

    Sounds very interesting. I didn’t realize she did such large readings.

  31. erikarobuck says:

    Thank you all so much for your comments and shares! Sadly, there is only one winner, but I wish I could give you all books.

    The winner is: drbethnolan!!


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