Fun Facts Friday: Caroline Gordon

October 5, 2012

Today is the birthday of Caroline Gordon (6 October, 1895 – 11 April, 1981) an American award winning novelist.

Fun Facts Friday: Caroline Gordon

Books by Caroline Gordon

1 ) Gordon was born and raised in Kentucky where her family’s plantation was known as “Woodstock”.

2 ) Gordon’s first job was that of a writer of society news for the Chattanooga Reporter.

3 ) Alan Tate, essayist and a free spirit, embarked on a adoring love affair with Gordon. The happy couple wed on 15 May, 1925 and in September their daughter Nancy was born (you do the math). Gordon retained her maiden name.

4 ) The couple lived in Clarksville where they hosted some of the most notable writers in the country including T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

5 ) Author Ford Madox Ford was considered by Caroline to be her mentor and counseled her into publishing Penhally in 1931.

6 ) During those early years of writing Gordon won the Guggenheim and O. Henry award.

7 ) The author received the O. Henry award second place finish for her short storyOld Red – there were 17 third place recipients.

8 ) The couple divorced in 1945, married again in 1946 and divorced again in 1959. However, they remained friends.

9 ) In 1947, during a difficult time in her life, Gordon converted to Catholicism.

10) In her later years, Gordon lived in Mexico. In 1981 she suffered a stroke and died six weeks later.

Books by Caroline Gordon

Zohar – Man of la Book

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One Comment

  • Sharon HenningOctober 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I’ve never heard of Caroline Gordon before and I love southern writers. I’m going to look into her and see about reading her work. Thanks for posting about her.

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