Lamb in his Bosom
by Caroline Miller
On the heels of yesterday's post, I decided to search for book reviews from The New Yorker for these Pulitzer winners. Well, turns out The New Yorker missed the boat on all four of these winners and I couldn't find a review for any of them. Interesting question: Why? Could it be that publicists and hype get critics to pay attention to good books they'd normally miss? Or could that same hype caused by publicists actually factor into the book which critics and Pulitzer annoint?
In any case, I did find an after-the-fact piece about Caroline Miller from the "Talk of the Town" section of the May 19, 1934 edition of The New Yorker. Here's a colorful excerpt that tells you all that you probably need to know about Caroline Miller:
"Mrs. Miller has written only two things in her life -- her novel, and a short story, ten years ago, which won a ten-dollar prize in an Atlanta newspaper contest. She's had a lot of offers recently for stories and novels but hasn't got any even started. When she gets back home, she's going to begin another novel, or maybe three -- she has ideas for three. Her first one took her a year and half to write. She did it in longhand and copied it on the typewriter. When it was done, she didn't have any idea how to market it, so she wrote to Julia Peterkin and and asked her for advice. Miss Peterkin told her to send the manuscript to her own literary agent, Mr. Pinker, so she did. He sent it first to Harper's and they took it. It was runner-up in Harper's prize-novel contest last year -- a book called "The Fault of Angles" won. The harper's prize is five thousand dollars.
Mrs. Millers was in bed asleep when her husband came in a few weeks ago with the letter from Columbia University saying she had won the Pulitzer novel prize. She looked blank for a moment when she read the letter and then burst into tears. She almost cried once when she was in New York, too. Of all the people here, she had most wanted to meet O.O. McIntyre, and the night she went back to her hotel after seeing "Ah, Wilderness!" she found that he had called. It was a blow. She never misses his column. Other works that she likes are "War and Peace," "Look Homeward, Angel," "Point Counter Point," and "Kristin Lavransdatter."