Madeline Miller was born in Boston and 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 more than 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. It has been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek. Madeline was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly and NPR.org.
Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, and has been widely praised from NPR to People Magazine to the Washington post. Novelist Ann Patchett called it "An epic spanning thousands of years that's also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner." In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.
Talks and Topics
The Song of Achilles Author Presentation
Circe Author Presentation
Achilles in Love: Achilles and His Companion Patroclus in Ancient and Modern Times
Excavating Troy: Homeric Myth Meets History
Literary Witches: From Circe, to Shakespeare, Salem and Oz
Homer's Women: Secret Stories of Women in the Iliad and the Odyssey
Achilles Through the Ages: Rage, Glory and Grief
Odysseus Through the Ages: The Great Homeric Chameleon
Shakespeare's Iliad: The Brutal and Comic World of Trolius and Cressida
Acting Shakespeare Workshop: An Introduction to Shakespeare on Stage for Small Groups
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Previous & Upcoming Events:
Nov 9, 2018: Charleston Book Festival - Charleston, SC
Nov 17-18, 2018: Miami Book Fair - Miami, FL
Nov 28, 2018: Philadelphia Free Library - Philadelphia, PA
March 9, 2019: Emmet O’Neal Library - Mountain Brook, AL
April 11, 2019: Springfield-Greene One Book, One Community - Springfield, MO
Sept 9-10, 2019: Butler University Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer Series - Indianapolis, IN
In the News:
"Monsters & Gods: Circe's Story" - Bay Area Reporter (June 2018)
"Every Witch Way" - Winnipeg Free Press (May 2018)
"Turning Circe into a Good Witch" - New York Times (May 2018)
"The Wiley Wife: Why Homer's Patient, Faithful Penelope is More Cunning Than Odysseus" - The Telegraph (Apr 2018)
"From Circe to Clinton: Why Powerful Women are Cast as Witches" - The Guardian (Apr 2018)
"The Original Nasty Woman is a Goddess of our Times" - Washington Post (Apr 2018)
"Madeline Miller on Circe and the Staying Power of Myth" - LA Times (Apr 2018)
"It's All Greek to Madeline Miller" - Publishers Weekly (Feb 2018)