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Achievement Highlights

* The Los Angeles Times named her Woman of the Year in 1956
* Was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe Best Novel award for Beast in View in 1956
* Created many Canadian characters for her novels and stories


 
Margaret Millar
Literary

1915 - 1994

Margaret Millar was a Kitchener-born mystery and suspense writer.

She was educated in Toronto, but moved to the United States when she married fellow writer Kenneth Millar (pen name Ross Macdonald). They lived in Santa Barbara, California, for many years. The city also served as a setting in many of her later novels (written under the pseudonyms of San Felice or Santa Felicia).

Margaret was known for her ability to create memorable, deep, sophisticated characters and original surprise endings. She has been called a pioneer in writing intelligently about the psychology of women and many of her main and recurring characters were Canadian, even though she was writing in the States.

In 1956, Margaret was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe Best Novel award for Beast in View. The same year, the Los Angeles Times named her Woman of the Year.

In the 1960s, two of Margaretís novels (Beast in View and Roseís Last Summer) were adapted for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Thriller, mystery anthology series.

Many years later, in 1983, the Mystery Writers of America recognized her lifetime achievements by awarding her the Grand Master Award.

Over the course of her career, Margaret wrote and published over 25 novels. In 1968 she also published The Birds and the Beasts Were There, a memoir.