Caroline Miller (1903-1992)

Caroline MillerCaroline Miller became the first Georgian to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1934 for Lamb in His Bosom, a novel that tells the history of Cean Smith and her family in the backwoods of southeast Georgia. A realistic, moving novel, Lamb in His Bosom, brought to new light by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese in 1993, can be read as a precursor to Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray. Miller was born in Waycross, Georgia, in 1903, and moved to Waynesville, North Carolina, in 1941. Her novel’s phenomenal success brought Harold Latham, MacMillan Publishing agent, to Atlanta for the 1935 Atlanta Writer’s Club Luncheon where he first met Margaret Mitchell and persuaded Mitchell to let him read her as-yet-incomplete novel.