An American fiction writer, she penned the novel Scarlet Sister Mary and earned the O. Henry Prize for her brief tale Maum Lou. Her various other works include Shiny Skin, Black Apr, and A Plantation Xmas. She trained at a college in Forte Motte, SC. She released her debut brief tale collection, Green Thursday night, in 1924. She gained the Pulitzer Award for Scarlet Sister Mary. She and her three siblings had been the children of the South Carolina doctor. She wedded William George Peterkin in 1903. She performed the lead function within a Columbia, SC theatrical creation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.