Gail Godwin

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Gail Godwin
Born Gail Kathleen Godwin
(1937-06-18) June 18, 1937 (age 78)
Birmingham, Alabama
Alma mater University of Iowa

Gail Kathleen Godwin (born June 18, 1937)[1] 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.

Awards[edit]

She was named three times as a National Book Award finalist, a Guggenheim Fellowship with no wins. She won the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Grants[edit]

She received National Endowment for the Arts grants for both fiction and libretto writing,

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference Guide to American Literature, Third Edition, ed. by D. K. Kirkpatrick, 1994

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