When Edna St. Vincent Millay was first discovered as a poet in 1912, the literary world was convinced she was a man. As one critic wrote: "No sweet young thing of twenty ever ended a poem precisely where this one ends; it takes a brawny male of forty-five to do that."
In correcting this misconception,"Vincent" (as she liked to be called) wrote to correct the record:
"Gentlemen, I must convince you of your error: my reputation is at stake. I simply will not be a 'brawny male'. Not that I have an aversion to brawny males; au contraire, au contraire. But I cling to my femininity! Is it that you consider brain and brawn so inseparable?--I have though otherwise."