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Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Pafford Miller

Baxley´s Caroline Pafford Miller (1903-1992) was the first Georgia novelist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. The author was born in Waycross and spent her formative years in the South Georgia wiregrass country. After moving to Baxley she lived in the houses on Anthony then Fair Streets. She observed the people of the area and collected many stories about the pioneer life of hardy yeoman farmers of the Altamaha River.

These stories breathed life into ´Carrie´ Miller´s first novel, which was partly written at a favorite back table in the soda fountain of Barnes Drug Store. ´Lamb in His Bosom´ portrays the daily life and language of two farm families on their subsistence farms on the isloated Georgia frontier in the mid-eighteen hundreds. The novel was a best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1934. It went through at least 37 printings and was translated into several languages.

GHM 001-1 Georgia Historical Commission 1992

Plaque courtesy Lat34North.com.

Original page, with additional info, here.

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