American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was the Pulitzer-winning talk of her era. She began publishing her works at age 15, but only became nationally famous five years later when she was awarded fourth prize in a competition with a lyric poem that the first and second place winners agreed was the best entry. A benefactor who attended one of her readings paid for her college education, making it possible for her to write and publish poetry for a living (though she also composed a popular libretto and a one-act play). After her dead her home was turned into first an artist residency program and then a museum.
Millay was openly bisexual and had an open marriage, though her treatment of her lovers was allegedly very poor.