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Donald Windham

Born: Jul 2, 1920

Death: May 31, 2010

Birthplace: Atlanta

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Donald Windham

Date of Birth : Jul 2, 1920
Date of Death : May 31, 2010
Birth Place : Atlanta

Donald Windham was an American novelist and memoirist. He is perhaps best known for his close friendships with Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Windham moved with his then-boyfriend Fred Melton, an artist, to New York City in 1939. In 1942 Windham collaborated with Williams on the play, You Touched Me!, which is based on a D.H. Lawrence short-story with the same title. Windham received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1960. Windham became estranged from Williams after Williams published his book Memoirs. Windham later published a volume of their correspondence, which Williams claimed was done without his permission. Windham remained a friend of Capote until Capote's death. Windham also met and befriended such diverse figures as Lincoln Kirstein, Pavel Tchelitchew and Paul Cadmus. In 1943, Windham met Sandy Campbell, an undergraduate student at Princeton University. In 1943 they began a relationship that would last until Campbell's death in 1988. Campbell frequently helped Windham publish books through the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, Italy. Partially because Windham was influenced by his own life, homosexuality is one of many themes treated in his work.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
  • Lambda Literary Award for Editor''s Choice Award
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