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John Blair Linn Goodwin (February 25, 1912 – January 19, 1994) was an American author and poet, best known for his story "The Cocoon", collected in Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Short Stories in 1947. A further short story was "Stone Still, Stone Cold". He also was an amateur painter.

Goodwin attended Avon Old Farms School, class of 1932. His brother was Henry Sage Goodwin of Avon, Conn., an architect and painter.

Goodwin was a native of Manhattan and a world traveler. His other works include a children's book titled Freddy Fribbs (Flea);[2] the 1940 children's book The Pleasant Pirate;[3] the 1952 novel The Idols and the Prey, about Haiti;[4] and the 1963 novella A View from Fuji, about Japan.

At a party hosted by John B. L. Goodwin in 1955, Bill Miller is listed by Christopher Isherwood among other guests, including Paul Cadmus, Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo.[12]

Goodwin was friend with Denham Fouts and said of him, "He invented himself. If people didn't know his background he would make it up."

Goodwin died at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in January 1994. He was 81 and had homes in Manhattan, West Palm Beach, Fla., and the Netherlands Antilles. He had suffered a long illness, said Anthony Russo, a friend.


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