by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)

To Arthur Davison Ficke
Language: English 
Shall I give your regards to Broadway, — now that I am here within 
hailing distance of it? To any question that you might raise concerning 
my presence in this locality I could only answer, “I’m here because 
I’m here because I’m here.” And I might add that I expect to take 
a few courses at Columbia this semester.

Yesterday I got a note from Sara Teasdale, inviting me to take tea with 
her. Whaddayouknowaboutthat! The news of my arrival has sprud clean from 
here to East 29th Street!

How do I like New York? O, inexpressibly! Yes, the Public Library is! No, 
the subway isn’t! O, the St. Patrick Cathedral! — Quite too sweet, I 
assure you! And the view — charming, charming! So many roofs and things, 
you know; warships, and chimneys, and brewery signs — so inspiring! 
Yes, to the Madison Avenue Presbyterian! Dr. Coffin is wonderful. O, 
my dear, — tremendous!

An excerpt from a letter to Arthur Davison Ficke (February 9, 1913, New York). Letter no. 18.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-08-22
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