Madeline Miller grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for over fifteen years.

She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.

The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. Miller was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, and won the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award and the Indies Choice Best Audiobook of the Year Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction. Circe also won The Red Tentacle Award, an American Library Association Alex Award (adult books of special interest to teen readers), and the 2018 Elle Big Book Award.  It is currently being adapted for a series with HBO Max. Miller's novels have been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the GuardianWall Street Journal, Washington Post, TelegraphLapham's Quarterly and She currently lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Tonight at 7PM, I'm excited to be interviewing author Brian Selfon about his debut novel THE NIGHTWORKERS on Instagram live. Thanks to @fsgbooks and Book Revue bookstore for hosting! Info here:

So much happening, but I wanted to stop and say thank you for this absolutely astonishing news. I am so grateful to all of you who took Circe's story into your hearts. Thank you and love from this very honored author, and keep transforming the world!

Julie Barer@juliebarer

Easy to miss this amazing news in the midst of such madness, but so thrilled for @MillerMadeline and her gorgeous #Circe. #OneMillionCopiesSold 👑

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Books by Madeline Miller

Circe - US Edition