Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' career and life remained always intertwined. She would put her life and love of nature into all of her writings. Besides her career, her family was the most important thing to her. Awards and honors came to Rawlings easily, including the Pulitzer Prize. The Yearling, her most successful and well-known novel, stayed on track with her other works, which all focus on her love, respect, and appreciation of nature.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was the first child born to Arthur Frank and Ida May Traphagen Kinnan. She was born in Washington, D.C., on August 8, 1896. In 1900, her first and only sibling, Arthur Houston, was born. During 1913, Rawlings' father, which whom she was very close, died on January 31. After her high school graduation in 1914, she moved with her mother and brother to Madison, Wisconsin, where she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin.
While attending the University of Wisconsin, Rawlings was active in the dramatic society.
During her junior year, Phi Beta Kappa elected her to join, which proves Rawlings' friendliness and dedication towards succeeding at everything she attempted. In 1918, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
In May 1919, Rawlings married Charles A. Rawlings. She left him in 1928 and bought an orange grove in Florida. The two did not divorce until 1933. On October 27, 1941, Rawlings remarried to Norton Sanford Baskin and resided in the Florida backcountry of Cross Creek, near Hawthorne.
Rawlings continued to maintain a close relationship with her family. In 1934, she made a boat trip to Alaska with her brother Arthur and his wife Winifred. The following year was troublesome, yet still successful. Rawlings broke her neck in a fall from her horse in 1935. Later in that same year, her second novel, Golden Apples,