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 a profile of Madeline in The New York Times

Watch an interview with Madeline on PBS

Read a Q & A with Madeline in The Guardian

Listen to an interview with Madeline on The Ezra Klein Show

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Today is Long Covid Awareness day. At first my classics-nerd self was agitated that it overlapped with the Ides of March. But actually, that seems kind of appropriate, since getting LC is not unlike being jumped out of the blue and attacked on multiple fronts.

What I’m getting from these “just stop masking!” pieces is that deep down, some people feel so guilty about not masking that they’d like everyone to stop… so they can stop feeing guilty. 🤔

If you're looking for a great mask that won't fog glasses, I love the Aura N95 (I get the 9210, which has a comfortable elastic strap that doesn't catch in my hair). A comfortable mask is important to me, because I spend a lot of time masked. 1/

I feel so fortunate to have worked with so many incredible people at HarperCollins. They deserve fair compensation and fair work hours, and a commitment to diversity. Thank you @hcpunion for your advocacy. Donate to the strike fund and learn more here:

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Books by Madeline Miller

Circe - US Edition