Madeline Miller’s second novel, Circe (2018), a feminist response to the Odyssey, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, The Song of Achilles (2011), which hypothesized a romance between Achilles and Patroclus in the Iliad, was also a New York Times bestseller and won the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Miller’s novels have been translated into over twenty-five languages, including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic, and Greek. Like all classists, Miller believes that retelling stories gives them a way to live again, allowing their ancient wisdoms and equally ancient blind spots to be seen by new generations of readers. Her re-writings imbue age-old tests from Ovid to Homer to Virgil with contemporary relevance.
For twenty years now, Miller has taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students. She earned her BA and MA in Classics from Brown University, and studied the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama.
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