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Mary Gordon

Millicent C. McIntosh Professor in English and Writing

Mary Gordon, Millicent C. McIntosh Professor in English and Writing, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1988.

Professor Gordon is the author of four bestselling novels. She has also published a book of novellas, a collection of stories, and a book of essays.

In 2007, Professor Gordon published the critically acclaimed memoir Circling My Mother.

Professor Gordon has received a Lila Acheson Wallace Reader's Digest Writer's Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007.

Selected Publications

Circling My Mother (Pantheon, 2007).
The Shadow Man (Random House, 1996).
The Rest of Life (Viking, 1993).
Good Boys and Dead Girls (Viking, 1991).
The Other Side (Viking, 1989).
Temporary Shelter (Random House, 1987).
Men and Angels (Random House, 1985).
The Company of Women (Jonathan Cape, 1981).
Final Payments (Random House, 1978).

Academic Focus: 

Contemporary novel

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

Mary Gordon will be participating in Barnard's Spring Creative Writing Faculty Reading in March.


On leave for fall 2013.  Will return in spring 2014.


(page last updated 9/2/2013)


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Fall 2013
On leave for fall 2013.


M.A., Syracuse University
B.A., Barnard College

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