Welcome to Maine, the land of lobsters, potatoes, maple syrup and breath taking coastline.
Since 1691, Maine had been part of Massachusetts, but, in 1819, Maine broke off the relationship and, in 1820, became a state in its own right.
The citizens of Maine refer to themselves as “Down Easters.” There are two Down Easters who really stand out in literature: Edna St. Vincent Millay and Steven King.
Millay, called Vincent by her family, was born on Feb. 22, 1892, in Rockland. She was named after St. Vincent Hospital in New York City.
After high school, she attended Vassar College, majoring in piano and the arts. Her intentions were to become a concert pianist, but her instructor pointed out that her hands were too small. She graduated in 1917 with a bachelor of arts.
Millay’s famous poem, “Renascence,” was written in 1912, very early in her life. In 1923, she received a Pulitzer Prize for her fourth book, “The Ballad of the Harp Weaver,” in which she coins the phrase, “My candle burns at both ends.”
Millay died on Oct. 19, 1950, in Austerlitz, N.Y.
Steven King, author of many, many scary best sellers, was born on Sept. 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine.
After graduation from the University of Maine and while writing his many scary novels, he and other published writers organized a whimsical rock band called “The Rock Bottom Reminders.” The members include Dave Barry and Amy Tan.