Peggy Goodin

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Peggy Goodin
Peggy Louise Goodin

May 18, 1923
DiedAugust 23, 1983(1983-08-23) (aged 60)
EducationA.B., University of Michigan (1945), M.A., McGill University (1949)
Years active1946–1954
OrganizationChi Omega
Home townBluffton, Indiana, US
AwardsHopwood Award (1942, 1943, 1945)

Peggy Louise Goodin (May 18, 1923 – August 23, 1983)[1] was a best-selling American novelist and three-time Hopwood Award winner. Two of her novels were adapted into films.

Life and career[edit]

Peggy Louise Goodin was born to Goldie Leona Shimp and James Lawrence Goodin, an automobile dealer,[2][3] in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Bluffton, Indiana.[4] She later said that she spent her time in Bluffton "trying to make the boys' football team, winning medals for oratory, and annoying her teachers." Goodin was involved in literary pursuits from an early age, serving as the editor of her school paper and yearbook.[5]

Goodin earned an A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1945. While there, she won the prestigious Hopwood Award in 1942, 1943, and 1945.[6] Her final win was for the work that would become her first novel, Clementine, which she wrote in the basement of the Chi Omega house on campus.[7]

On June 28, 1946, Goodin published Clementine with Dutton. The novel is a coming-of-age story about a red-haired tomboy named Clementine. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews called it "a chronology with funny, tender highspots, that manages growing pains without parody or maudlinity," concluding that it was a "very pleasant, lightly subsurface tale of adolescence, which sneaks up on you."[8] The novel was adapted into the film Mickey in 1948; subsequent printings of the book used both titles on the cover.[9]

Goodin earned an M.A. from McGill University in 1949. While attending McGill, she wrote book reviews for the McGill Daily. Her second novel, Take Care of My Little Girl (Dutton, 1950), began as her masters thesis. In it, Goodin examines the racism, classism, and religious prejudice of Greek life on a college campus. She sold the film rights to the book for a reported $30,000.[10] Take Care of My Little Girl was released as a film in 1951.[11]

The Lie, about a mother who must pass her daughter off as her sister,[12] was Dutton's top fiction title for the fall of 1953.[13] However, Kirkus reviewed it with much less enthusiasm.[14] Goodin's final novel, Dede O'Shea, was released by Dutton on May 29, 1957. Of its eponymous heroine, Kirkus wrote, "A ragingly young Californian makes a pleasant heroine with an addiction to truth -- and consequences."[15]


  • Clementine (1946)
  • Mickey (1948)
  • Take Care of My Little Girl (1950)
  • The Lie (1953)
  • Dede O'Shea (1957)


  1. ^
    • "New York, New York, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925–1957".
    • "The Times Picayune 1983 Obituary Index Orleans Parish Louisiana". April 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ N.A.D.A. Magazine. National Automobile Dealers Association. 1947.
  3. ^ Lesh, Orlo Ervin (1918). Standard History of Adams and Wells Counties, Indiana: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with an Extended Survey of Modern Developments in the Progress of Town and Country. Unigraphic, Incorporated.
  4. ^ Kramer, John E. (2004). The American College Novel: An Annotated Bibliography. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810849570.
  5. ^ Banta, Ray (1990). Indiana's Laughmakers: The Story of Over 400 Hoosiers : Actors, Cartoonists, Writers, and Others. PennUltimate Press. ISBN 9780929808000.
  6. ^ The Michigan Alumnus. UM Libraries. July 14, 1945. p. 443.
  7. ^ Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review: A Journal of University Perspectives. 53. UM Libraries. 1946. p. 90.
  8. ^ CLEMENTINE by Peggy Goodin | Kirkus Reviews.
  9. ^ "Peggy Goodin Stock Photos and Pictures | Getty Images". Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Michel, Robert H. (2010). "Fiction, Faction, Autobiography: Norman Levine at McGill University, 1946–1949". Fontanus: From the Collections of McGill University. 12: 71–72.
  11. ^ "Take Care of My Little Girl (1951)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  12. ^ Andrews, Clarence A. (1992). Michigan in Literature. Wayne State University Press. p. 201. ISBN 9780814323687.
  13. ^ The Publishers Weekly. F. Leypoldt. August 22, 1953. p. 705.
  14. ^ "THE LIE by Peggy Goodin". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  15. ^ "DEDE O'SHEA by Peggy Goodin". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved March 7, 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, David L. "Peggy Goodin." Hoosiers in Hollywood, IHS Press, 2006.
  • "Adolescence in Indiana: Clementine, by Peggy Goodin." Review by Thomas Sugrue. The Saturday Review, June 29, 1946, p. 12
  • "Applesauce Kid: The Lie, by Peggy Goodin." Reviewed by Charles Lee. The Saturday Review, September 26, 1953, p. 40