Alice Duer Miller

Alice Duer Miller (1874 - 1942)

Alice Duer Miller (28 July 1874 – 22 August 1942) was an American writer and poet.

Miller was born in New York, from a wealthy family. At the time of her entrance in the society her family lost its fortune during a bank crisis. She entered the Barnard College in 1895 studying mathematics and astronomy. She paid for her studies selling novels and short essays.

Miller graduated in June 1899 and shortly after married Henry Wise Miller (October 1899) and left with him to Costa Rica. The economical success of her husband permitted her to dedicate entirely to writing. She returned to the United States in 1903.

Miller wrote mainly light fiction, but dedicated herself also to the problem of women’s suffrage. She is the author of a satiric column in New York Tribune entitled “Are Women People?”. In 1915 the column was collected in a book Are Women People and later Women are people! (1917).

In the 1920’s some of her stories were used for motion pictures, taking her to Hollywood.

In 1940 she became famous for her book The White Cliffs. The story is of a British soldier marrying and American.

Poems By Alice Duer Miller

The White Cliffs

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Analysis, meaning and summary of Alice Duer Miller's poem The White Cliffs

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  1. Mary Mintle says:

    This was my first ever speech. My mother pulled her copy out of the cedar chest and then spent hours teaching me how to present it, and helping me memorize it. I have been out of school 20 years and this is the first time I have seen that poem for 23 years. What a moving poem. It takes you from every emotion, thrillingly joyful, to deepest loss pain and despair, before taking you to the stability of a more mature adulthood, a person who still has a handle on life, yet doesn’t crash and soar quite as much anymore.

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