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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. A wealthy friend of Denham Fouts; Christopher Isherwood met him probably during the first half of 1943 and often mentions him in his Diaries. As well as his ranch near Escondido, Goodwin owned a house in New York. He published The Idols and the Prey (1953) and A View of Fuji (1963).

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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