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.

Read an interview with Madeline

Read a Q & A with Madeline about The Song of Achilles.

Interested in hearing Madeline in person?  Visit the Events page.

If you'd like a signed and personalized copy of one of Madeline Miller's books follow this link to the wonderful Main Point Books.

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My early 2020 events are now up on my website! Lots of wonderful trips, from Lynchburg VA to Boston, from Lincolnshire Illinois to to the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors in CA! Here are the details:

Philly: I'll be at the fabulous @MainPoint_Books today at 3PM! Come by to say hello, or just support a great indie bookstore!

Excited to celebrate Small Business Saturday at the fabulous @MainPoint_Books in Wayne PA! I'll be there at 3PM this Saturday to sign books, AND my brilliant sister-in-law, novelist @JuliaDrake__ will be there too. Come by and say hello if you're free!

Happy belated book birthday to @roberts_keena and her gripping and moving memoir WILD LIFE! Really glad to know that the cover was photoshopped because as the book makes clear, hippos and recreational swimming DO NOT MIX.

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Books by Madeline Miller

Circe - US Edition