Writer; teacher of writing. Born– January 11, 1924, Bristol, R.I. Parents– Herbert E. and Evelyn E. (Verity) Francis. Children– One. Education– University of Wisconsin, B.A., Brown University, M.A. U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-45.Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to study at Pembrooke College, Oxford University, 1953-1954; University of Cuyo, Argentina, 1964. Taught at Pennsylvania State University, 1950-1952; University of Tennessee, 1952-1956; Northern Illinois University, 1956-1958; Emory University, 1958-1966; University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1966-1988. Chair of North American and British Literature, National University of Cuyo. Member of Phi Beta Kappa. Received the John H. McGinnis Award in 1966 for short story “One of the Boys.”  Awarded DHL, University of Alabama, 1989.


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All the People I Never Had.

As Fish, As Birds, As Grass.

A Disturbance of Gulls and Other Stories.  New York:  G. Braziller, 1983.

Dos Cuentos. Buenos Aires, Argentina; Burnichon, 1965.

Five Miles to December.

Goya, Are You with Me Now?  1999.

Had, a Novella. Huntsville, Ala.; B. Minshew, 1973.

Healing of the Body and Other Stories. Savannah, Ga.; F. C. Beil, 1992.

History of a Man in Despair.  1976.

I’ll Never Leave You: Stories. 2004.

The Invisible Country.  2003.

Itinerary of Beggars. Iowa City, Iowa; University of Iowa Press, 1973.

Naming Things; Stories. Urbana, Ill.; University of Illinois Press, 1980.

Sudden Trees, and other Stories.  1999.


Toda la Gente Que Nunca Tuve. Buenos Aires, Argentina; Burnichon, 1966.