Margaret Craven was born on 13th of March 1901 in Helena, Montana.
She grew up in Sacramento, California and after completing the Stanford University success-fully she worked as a journalist for a short amount of time. Between the 1930 and 1960 the American author was writing short stories for American magazines. At the beginning of the sixties Margaret Craven studied the Indian people of the tribe Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) which is on the Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Colombia.
Margaret Craven is famous for her novel "I heard the owl call my name" which appeared in 1973 in Canada. The novel appeared in 1973 in the USA and won first place on the bestseller list of the New York Times. After this the film producer Daryl Duke made a film of the book. The film has the same name as the book.
Some other books she has written are: Again calls the owl, Walk gently this good earth, the home front: collected stories.
Although Margaret Craven went blind as a result of an accident, she continued to write and wrote two books. One of them was her autobiography.
Margaret Craven died on 19th of July 1980.
The book is about a young vicar, named Mark Brian. He has been diagnosed with a disease and has only two or three years to live. He on his turn he didn't know about his disease. Only the Bishop who sends him to an Indian village, named Kingcome knows about it. He hopes that Mark will learn enough to be prepared to die. In this village the people believe that when they hear an owl calling their name they will die soon.