Other Literary Forms
Although William Goyen asserted that “short fiction is what I most care about the short narrative form most challenges and most frees me,” he wrote several highly acclaimed novels, including The House of Breath (1950, 1975), Come, the Restorer (1974), and Arcadio (1983). Goyen was also a playwright of some distinction although his plays have never been published. In addition, he wrote two television plays, A Possibility of Oil (1958) and The Mind (1961). Goyen was the playwright-in-residence at Lincoln Center from 1963 to 1964. He was a brilliant lecturer and critic; his essays appeared in The New York Times, TriQuarterly, Southwest Review, and other journals. In 1973, he published a biography of Jesus Christ, A Book of Jesus, and at the time of his death, he was at work on studies of Saint Paul and Saint Francis. He was also working on an autobiography/memoir of six influential women in his life. Throughout his life, Goyen was intensely interested in music and was recognized as a composer of considerable ability.