Past Quarterly Programs

Nov. 17th 2013 Quarterly Program

Sunday, November 17th at 2PM – Harvey House on the grounds of Old Austerlitz


Poems and Gardens: Inspiration at Steepletop

On Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm, at the Austerlitz Historical Society, Holly Peppe, Literary Executor for Edna St. Vincent Millay, will discuss how nature and daily life at Steepletop influenced Millay’s poetry. She will also talk about her friendship with the poet’s sister, Norma Millay Ellis, who lived in the Steepletop house from 1950 until her death in 1986, at age 92.

Holly Peppe, Literary Executor, has been involved with Millay’s work and estate for more than 30 years. A former Director of the English Department at the American College of Rome, she holds a Masters of Arts from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire, where her dissertation focused on Millay’s critical reception and sonnet sequences. Peppe served as President of the Millay Society from 1987-2001 and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees. Her published work about the poet includes the Introduction and Notes in the Penguin Classics edition of Early Poems and an essay in the Modern Classics edition of Collected Poems (Harper Perennial, 2011). Outside the world of literature, Peppe is a PR, Media, and Crisis Communications Strategist who works with private clients and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

The program will begin with a brief meeting at the Harvey House in Old Austerlitz, which is located at 11550 on Route 22, one mile south of the intersection with Route 203. A question and answer period will follow Bergman’s talk and refreshments will be served. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Old Austerlitz is a living history museum and the home of the Austerlitz Historical Society, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the area. For more information, call 392-0062 or email [email protected]