William Goyen (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

William Goyen

Charles William Goyen was an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, editor, and teacher. Born in a small town in East Texas, these roots would influence his work for his entire life.

Born: Charles William Goyen, Apr 24, 1915, Trinity, Texas, U.S.
Died: Aug 30, 1983, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, editor, teacher
Nationality: American
Alma mater: Rice Institute, University of Iowa (Ph.D.)
Period: Modernism
Notable works: The House of Breath, A Book of Jesus, Arcadio

About William Goyen

An American novelist, short story writer, playwright, and poet, he is best known for The House of Breath, A Book of Jesus, and Arcadio.

Before Fame

He studied comparative literature at Rice University. He served in the South Pacific during World War II.


His work contains themes of isolation, loneliness, home and family, time, memory, and spirituality.

Family Life

He was born in Texas. He married actress Doris Roberts (of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ fame) in 1963.


His writing style has been compared to that of Virginia Woolf.

Information related to William Goyen

  • Modernist writers
  • University of Houston faculty
  • Rice University alumni

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Latest information about William Goyen updated on August 29, 2020.

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