A twentieth-century American novelist and literary critic, she is known for such works as Penhally, Aleck Maury, Sportsman, and None Shall Look Back.
Early in her career, she worked as a writer of society news for the Chattanooga Reporter.
She won both a Guggenheim Fellowship and an O. Henry Award.
She married Allen Tate in 1925; she and Tate later divorced.
William Faulkner was once a guest at her house.