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This 1934 Pulitzer Prize winner tells the story of a pair of
young newlyweds in antebellum rural Georgia.
In 1934, Caroline Miller's novel Lamb in His Bosom won the
Pulitzer Prize for Literature. It was the first novel by a
Georgia author to win a Pulitzer, soon followed by Margaret
Mitchell's Gone With the Wind in 1937. In fact, Lamb was
largely responsible for the discovery of Gone With the Wind;
after reading Miller's novel, Macmillan editor Harold S.
Latham sought other southern novels and authors, and found
Caroline Miller was fascinated by the other Old South-not
the romantic inhabitants of Gone With the Wind, but rather
the poor people of the south Georgia backwoods, who never
owned a slave or planned to fight a war. The story of Cean
and Lonzo, a young couple who begin their married lives two
decades before the Civil War, Lamb in His Bosom is a
fascinating account of social customs and material realities
among settlers of the Georgia frontier. At the same time,
Lamb in His Bosom transcends regional history as Miller's
quietly lyrical prose style pays poignant tribute to a
woman's life lived close to nature-the nature outside her
and the nature within.
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