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  • Small Towns, Big Novel: Caroline Pafford Miller

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Caroline Pafford Miller used the Georgia wilderness as the landscape of her novel Lamb in His Bosom. Born into a large family at the turn of the century, the time she spent in Waycross and Baxley during the Great Depression became the backdrop for her work chronicling Georgia's rural and small town residents.

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    1. Why is it important that Caroline Miller's characters shared the same dialect as the real south Georgia pioneers of the 1830s?

    2. Why did Caroline Miller choose rural south Georgia in the 1830s as the setting her for novel?

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    1. Write a short story or play that takes place in your community. Your characters' speech should accurately reflect how people in your community really talk.

    Vocabulary

    saga: a long, involved story, account, or series of incidents
    affinity: a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something
    dialect: a regional variety of language distinguished by features of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation from other regional varieties
    Pulitzer Prize: an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States

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    1. Why is it important that Caroline Miller's characters shared the same dialect as the real south Georgia pioneers of the 1830s?
    Language gives readers a sense of one's background and education. In order to accurately depict the way life was in the book's setting, Caroline Miller's characters should reflect a dialect that was true to the time and place. 

    2. Why did Caroline Miller choose rural south Georgia in the 1830s as the setting her for novel?
    Miller wrote this book during the Great Depression and chose the faith, courage, and perseverance of the south Georgia pioneers as her theme. The hardships her characters had to face paled in comparison to her readers, giving them a new perspective about their own situations.

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