Biography: American author and playwright Zona Gale (1874-1938) lived most of her life in Portage, Wisconsin, where she was born. She received a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from the University of Madison and went into journalism before turning to fiction. In 1906 she published her first novel, Romance Island, and began a career as a popular novelist. A talented playwright, Gale adapted her novel Miss Lulu Bett for the stage in 1920 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1921. She was also active in the womens rights movement in Wisconsin.

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