Marilyn Brown (author)

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Marilyn McMeen Miller Brown (born 1938) is an American novelist best known for her work within her native Mormon culture. She is the creator and namesake of the Marilyn Brown Novel Award.

Brown has written 14 novels. In 2000 she served as president of the Association for Mormon Letters. Brown has also had works attributed to her not only as Marilyn Brown, but as Marilyn Miller, Marilyn McMeen Miller, Marilyn R. Brown and several other related variants.

Marilyn was born in Denver, Colorado. She holds two degrees from Brigham Young University and another from the University of Utah. She is married to Bill Brown and they are the parents of six children.

Brown has taught English at Brigham Young University and served as an editor for the Brigham Young University Press.

Brown is also a Latter-day Saint hymnwriter. She wrote the words to the hymn "Thy Servants Are Prepared" which is included in the 1985 LDS Church English-language hymnal.[1]

Brown has also written a large amount of poetry. She has been included in a listing of 75 significant Mormon poets.[2]

Brown's first novel Earth Keepers was published in 1979. Her most recent novel Serpent in Paradise was published in 2006. Her novel The Wine Dark Sea of Grass is her fictional take on the Mountain Meadows massacre.[3]


  1. ^ Karen Lynn Davidson. Stories of Our Latter-day Saint Hymns. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988) p. 351.
  2. ^ 75 Significant Mormon Poets by Sarah Jenkins and Gideon Burton, BYU Literature & Creative Arts
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-01-03.  AML review archive of Brown's work

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