Zona Gale - Novelist, short story writer, and playwright; born on August 26, 1874 in Portage, Wisconsin.
In 1921, she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play adaptation of her novel, Miss Lulu Bett.
Miss Lulu Bett, by Zona Gale "For the original American play, performed in New York during the year, which shall best represent the educational value and power of the stage in raising the standard of good morals, good taste and good manners, $1,000." - The Pulitzer Prizes.
Zona Gale attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and later entered the University of Wisconsin where she received a Bachelor of Literature degree in 1895 - four years later she received a master's degree from the institution.
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Along with the novel and play Miss Lulu Bett, Gale wrote numerous books including Romance Island in 1906 when she also began the very popular series of "Friendship Village" short stories. Gale was a prolific writer who also wrote poetry, essays and non-fiction.
Above: In 1921, Zona Gale was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play adaptation of her novel, Miss Lulu Bett.