Writer. Born– October 2, 1927, Birmingham. Parents– James Toliver and Lucile (Thiemonge) Dawkins. Education– University of Alabama B.A., 1950;  Stanford University, M.A. 1953. English instructor,  Stephens College, 1953-1958; writer-in-residence at Stephens College, 1961-1962, 1973-1976. Distinguished Visiting professor, University of Hawaii, 1991; visiting professor, Georgia College, Milledgeville, 1996-97.  Contributed to the Paris Review, Sewanee Review, McCalls, Redbook, Saturday Review, and to various anthologies. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1966; Harper-Saxton Fellow, 1968; National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1976. Received the McGinnis Award in 1963 and the Harper-Saxton Prize in 1971.


Contemporary Authors online.


Charleyhorse. New York; Viking, 1985.

Clay Dancers.  New York, 1995.

The Live Goat. New York; Harper, 1971.

The Quiet Enemy. New York; Atheneum, 1963; rpt. University of Georgia Press, 1995.

Rare Earth.  Random House, 1995.

The Santa Fe Rembrandt.  1993.

Turtle Truths.  New York, 1997.


The Displaced Person [play based on stories of Flannery O’Connor]. Produced at the American Place

Theater, New York, 1966.


A Woman of the Century, Frances Minerva Nunnery:  Her Story in her Own Words as Told to Cecil Dawkins.  University of New Mexico Press, 2002.