Marker Monday: Caroline Pafford Miller

Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Pafford Miller

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This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights a Georgia novelist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Caroline Pafford Miller. Born on August 26, 1903, in Waycross, Miller spent many of her formative years in South Georgia. After graduating from high school, she married her English teacher and moved to Baxley, Georgia. While in Baxley, Miller drew inspiration for her stories from the people of South Georgia, specifically the wiregrass region, and stories of the pioneer life of many farmers in the 19th Century. Miller won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1934, with her novel Lamb in His Bosom. The novel became a best seller, went through at least 37 printings, and was translated into several languages. Miller released her second novel, Lebanon, in 1944, which had a lukewarm reception. She continued to write for several more decades, but never published any of her manuscripts. Miller died in July 1992 and posthumously was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and Georgia Women of Achievement in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Explore the links below to learn more about Caroline Pafford Miller.

Full Marker Text
New Georgia Encyclopedia
Today in Georgia History