American poet, academic, and author who is best known for her 1964 work Charley Smith's Girl. Her other literary works include A Change of Sky, Nineteen Million Elephants, and Beautiful Lofty People.
She graduated from both the University of Chicago and Columbia University.
Her Pulitzer-Prize-nominated memoir, Charley Smith's Girl, was banned in her hometown of Worcester, New York because it exposed her minister father's extramarital affairs.
She wed Merle Bevington in 1928. She and her husband raised two sons and both taught in Duke University's English department.
She wrote her master's thesis on the work of Henry David Thoreau.