Cheney, Anne. “Gail Godwin and Her Novels.” In Southern Women Writers: The New Generation, edited by Tonette Bond Inge. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1990. A comprehensive overview of Godwin’s career through A Southern Family. Emphasizes the autobiographical elements of the works, the contemporary love-hate relationship with the traditional South, and the evolving maturity of the author’s vision.
Crain, Jane Larkin. “Dream Children.” The New York Times Book Review (February 22, 1976). In this review, Crain argues that the atmosphere of the stories is largely dark and defines Godwin as a “chronicler of life on the edge,” depicting states of alienation, isolation, and madness. As in Godwin’s novels, the principal concern in the stories is the nature of womanhood.
Frye, Joanna S. “Narrating the Self: The Autonomous Heroine in Gail Godwin’s Violet Clay.” Contemporary Literature 24 (Spring, 1983): 66-85. A strong and important article dealing with narrative technique in Godwin’s fourth novel which has significant implications for her later works as well.
Gies, Judith. “Obligation, Fascination, and Intrigue.” The New York Times Book Review (September 8, 1983): 14, 37. A critical review of Mr. Bedford and the Muses, which faults the stories for being too neatly resolved at the end and regrets the “chatty and oddly schoolmarmish” tone of the book. Regards “A Cultural Exchange” as the most successful story.
Halisky, Linda H. “Redeeming the Irrational: The...