Grace Lumpkin was born in 1891 in Milledgeville, Georgia, the ninth child of William W. and Annette Morris Lumkin. She was educated in common schools of South Carolina, earned a teacher's certificate from Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia, and married Michael Intrantor in 1931. After completing college, she began work at the YMCA as a secretary, later becoming a public school teacher and farm demonstration agent. She produced books that have attracted high praise in the literary world. The general tone of her work is that of a champion of those who have been unable to successfully present their own perspective. Her first book, To Make My Bread was met with success, not only as a novel, but as a drama, presented in New York during the 1935-36 season. She died on March 23, 1980 in Columbia, South Carolina.