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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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    (August 8, 1896-December 14, 1953)
    Born in Washington, District of Columbia
    Birth name was Marjorie Kinnan
    Best known for the novel 'The Yearling' (1938)
    Also wrote 'South Moon Under' (1933), 'When the Whippoorwill' (1940), 'Cross Creek' (1942), 'Cross Creek Cookery' (1942), 'Jacob's Ladder' (1950) and 'The Secret River' (published posthumously, 1955)
    She resented being thought of as a Southern regional writer.
    As part of her research, she took part in illegal activities, such as hunting deer out of season and fishing with dynamite.
    Her neighbors in rural Florida did not always appreciate turning up as characters in her writing, with one woman threatening to whip her to death and another filing an invasion of privacy suit.
    She considered Zora Neale Hurston her friend, but still made Hurston sleep in the 'tennant house' with the maid when she visited.
    'The Yearling' won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was the best selling novel of 1938.
    She volunteered as a sub spotter during WWII.
    She was a terrific cook: 'I get as much satisfaction from preparing a perfect dinner for a few good friends as from turning out a perfect paragraph in my writing.'
    Her home in Cross Creek, Florida, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and turned into a State Park.

Credit: C. Fishel

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