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10.  MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent Original Press Photo taken in Boston on August 22, 1927. Original photo with two stamps ('International Newsreel Corp.') and a captioned ticket pasted on verso. 20,8 x 26,0 cm. With penciled inscription on verso. Unobtrusive creases. 

€ 120

* Millay in 1927 was a world famous poetess (1892-1950), now chiefly remembered for her life-relishing poem '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!' and her simultaneous relations with men and women.

Like many of her contemporaries she was very upset by the death sentence of the Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti; she wrote four poems about them. Some of her co-campaigners were Dorothy Parker, G.B. Shaw, Upton Sinclair and H.G. Wells. This photo was made the day before the execution. According to the caption '[Millay is taken] under arrest with another woman by plain clothesmen and police. Both women were participants in the "Death March" by Sacco-Vanzetti sympathizers in front of the State House, and were among the many picketers arrest today.' Far left we see Millay detained by a plainclothesman, who at his other side holds an elderly woman with a grim face. She is flanked by a uniformed policeman. Behind them walks another policeman detaining two men (one is smiling).