Gail Godwin in 2011. Photo by Jerry Bauer.
|Born||Gail Kathleen Godwin
June 18, 1937
|Alma mater||University of Iowa|
Gail Kathleen Godwin (born June 18, 1937) is an American novelist and short story writer. She has published one non-fiction work, two collections of short stories, thirteen novels, three of which were finalists for the National Book Award and five of which have made the New York Times Bestseller List. She has also published two volumes of her journals under the title, The Making of a Writer.
She worked briefly as a reporter for the Miami Herald, and then traveled to Europe and worked for the U.S. Travel Service at the U.S. Embassy in London. She returned to the U.S. after six years, and attended the University of Iowa, earning her M.A. (1968) from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and PhD (1971) in English Literature. While at the University of Iowa, she signed a contract with Harper & Row for her first novel, The Perfectionists.
- The Perfectionists (1970)
- Glass People (1972)
- The Odd Woman (1974)
- Dream Children (1976) (collection)
- Violet Clay (1978) (National Book Award finalist)
- A Mother and Two Daughters (1982)
- Mr. Bedford and the Muses (1983) (collection)
- The Finishing School (1984)
- A Southern Family (1987)
- Father Melancholy’s Daughter (1991)
- The Good Husband (1994)
- Evensong (1999)
- Heart (2001) (nonfiction)
- Evenings at Five (2003)
- Queen of the Underworld (2006)
- The Making of a Writer, Vol. 1 (2006)
- Unfinished Desires (2010)
- The Making of a Writer, Vol, 2 (2011)
- Flora (2013)
- Reference Guide to American Literature, Third Edition, ed. by D. K. Kirkpatrick, 1994
- Official website
- Pia Z. Ehrhardt (Winter 2010).Gail Godwin, an interview at Narrative Magazine.
- Interview with Gail Godwin
- Inventory of the Gail Godwin Papers, 1913-2006, in the Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill.
- Works by or about Gail Godwin in libraries (WorldCat catalog)