Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay conveyed the enthusiasm for a full and active life of many young women in the 1920s.
In her most famous poem, she wrote, “My candle burns at both ends, /It will not last the night; /But, ah, my foes, and oh, my friends/It gives a lovely light!”
She became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, in 1923.
Several African American women writers, such as Georgia Douglass Johnson, Jessie Fauset, and Zora Neale Hurston, were leaders in the Harlem Renaissance, an outpouring of black creativity in the 1920s and early 1930s.
In poems, novels, plays, paintings, and sculptures, black writers and artists, women and men, defined a truly African American culture, just as the music of the Jazz Age did.