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 NPR.org. She currently lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Amidst all the stress and pain right now, this brought me joy. @DelaneyJanuzzi, you are a passionate and talented artist, and I am honored that my book inspired you. I especially enjoyed your portraits of teenage Patroclus, and that final image.Thank you for sharing this with me.

Delaney 🌷@DelaneyJanuzzi

Hi @MillerMadeline it would mean the world to me if you had the chance to look through this! 😍 https://t.co/f2kJ3Vnfsn

It has been four plus years of patronizing gas-lighting: maybe he'll change, the guardrails will hold, humor him, wait it out, both sides, you're over-reacting... We knew, we spoke up, and we were right. 1/

Just realized that I somehow left WRITERS AND LOVERS by the always brilliant @lilykingbooks off my list of recent favs! It is funny, hopeful, and clear-eyed about grief and loss, which I think makes it a perfect read to start 2021. Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Year!

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Books by Madeline Miller

Circe - US Edition