Journalist, writer; composer.  Born– June 18, 1937, Birmingham. Parents– Mose Winston and Kathleen (Krahenbuhl) Godwin. Married– Douglas Kennedy, 1960; married– Ian Marshall, July 17, 1965. Education– University of North Carolina, B.A.; University of Iowa, M.A., 1968; Ph.D., 1971. Worked for Miami Herald, 1959-1960; U.S. Embassy in London and U.S. Travel Service, 1962-1965; editorial assistant, Saturday Evening Post, 1966. Taught at University of Iowa, 1967-1971; fellow, University of Illinois Center for Advanced Studies, Champaign-Urbana, 1971-72. Free-lance writer after 1972. Guggenheim fellowship, 1975-1976. Librettist for several musical works by Robert Starer. Member, Authors League of America, Modern Language Association, PEN, and Authors Guild.  National Book Award Nominee three times; American Book Awards Nominee twice; Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award; Alabama Library Association Authors Award, 1979.  Honorary doctorates from UNC (1987), University of the South (1994). and SUNY (1996).


Contemporary Authors online


Anna Margarita’s Will. Concord, N.H.; William B. Ewert, 1984.

Dream Children– Stories. New York; Knopf, 1976.

Evenings at Five.  New York;  Ballantine, 2003.

Evensong.  New York:  Ballantine, 1999.

Father Melancholy’s Daughter. New York; Morrow, 1991.

The Finishing School. New York; Viking, 1985.

Flora.  New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Glass People. New York; Knopf, 1972.

The Good Husband.  New York: Ballantine, 1994.

Heart:  A Personal Journey through its Myths and Meanings.  New York:  Morrow, 2001.

A Mother and Two Daughters. New York; Viking, 1982.

Mr. Bedford and the Muses. New York; Viking Press, 1983.

The Odd Woman. New York; Knopf, 1974.

The Perfectionists.  New York:  Harper, 1970.

Publishing:  A Writer’s Memoir.  New York:  Bloomsbury, 2015.

Queen of the Underworld.  New York:  Random House, 2006.

A Southern Family. New York; Morrow, 1987.

Unfinished Desires.  New York;  Random House, 2009.

Violet Clay. New York; Knopf, 1978.


Anna Margarita’s Will.  C.R.I., 1980.

Apollonia.  Minneapolis, 1979.

The Ideal Self …. Melville, N.Y.; MCA Music, 1983.

Journals of a Songmaker.  Pittsburgh, 1976.

Remembering Felix.  Spectrum, 1989.

The Last Lover (Pelagia); a Musical Morality Play. Melville, N.Y.; MCA Music, 1977.