Journalist, writer. 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; taught at University of Iowa, 1967-1971; University of Illinois Center for Advanced Studies, Champaign-Urbana. Guggenheim fellowship, 1975-1976. Member, Authors League of America, Modern Language Association, PEN, and Authors Guild.  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.