Madeline Miller

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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. For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. 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. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches and writes. The Song of Achilles is her first novel.

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Madeline Miller Thank you! And it was always going to be Patroclus. He was the one who fascinated me--the most beloved companion of Achilles, the so-called minor char…moreThank you! And it was always going to be Patroclus. He was the one who fascinated me--the most beloved companion of Achilles, the so-called minor character whose actions are the turning point of the entire Iliad. He is called "gentle" in Homer, and "kind to everyone," which makes him an outlier among the other Greek soldiers. And of course, he is the only thing that matters more to Achilles than his reputation. I wanted to understand him, and why he meant so much to Achilles. And I'm very grateful: he was a wonderful person to spend ten plus years living with. The only time I considered switching narrators was towards the end, after the---spoiler, but it is in the Iliad---fateful encounter with Hector. I briefly considered moving to Briseis, or Achilles as a narrator. But that was only for a moment. The Song of Achilles is Patroclus' book, and his voice is its heart, and he deserved to tell his story to the end.(less)
Madeline Miller You definitely do not have to have read the Odyssey to read Circe! It's really important to me that my novels don't require previous Greek myth knowle…moreYou definitely do not have to have read the Odyssey to read Circe! It's really important to me that my novels don't require previous Greek myth knowledge. I firmly believe that these stories are for everyone just as they are, and I work hard to try to give readers everything they need to know along the way. (Though if you do know the myths, there are some extra goodies in there!)

That said, as a classics teacher, I will never tell someone NOT to read Homer! If you do, I wholeheartedly recommend Emily Wilson's new translation, which is gripping and brilliant.(less)
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I’m very excited to announce some of my upcoming 2019 Circe events! More coming soon so be sure to check back. If you would like me to appear at your event please get in touch using my contact page.









July 20th-24th 2019
Sun Valley Writer’s Conference.









September 9th 2019, 7:30PM
Butler University, Visiting Writers Series
Indianapolis, IN.









September 26th-October 1st 2019
Travel Gems, Costa Navarin

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Madeline Miller answered Callyn Langseth's question: Madeline Miller
Great question! And you're absolutely right, Circe has been portrayed as a two-dimensional villain in most post-Homeric works. In the Odyssey itself, however, she's actually a much more balanced and complex character. Yes, she's frightening, and yes, See Full Answer
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“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

“Name one hero who was happy."
I considered. Heracles went mad and killed his family; Theseus lost his bride and father; Jason's children and new wife were murdered by his old; Bellerophon killed the Chimera but was crippled by the fall from Pegasus' back.
"You can't." He was sitting up now, leaning forward.
"I can't."
"I know. They never let you be famous AND happy." He lifted an eyebrow. "I'll tell you a secret."
"Tell me." I loved it when he was like this.
"I'm going to be the first." He took my palm and held it to his. "Swear it."
"Why me?"
"Because you're the reason. Swear it."
"I swear it," I said, lost in the high color of his cheeks, the flame in his eyes.
"I swear it," he echoed.
We sat like that a moment, hands touching. He grinned.
"I feel like I could eat the world raw.”
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

“And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

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