author of Rome and a Villa (1952) and The Oysters of Locmariaquer (1964), local-color studies summoning up the sense of the Italian capital and of Brittany respectively, and Tamrart (1984), about a camelback excursion in the Sahara. She also wrote Eyes, Etc. (1977). about her loss of vision, and three novels: The Bitter Box (1946). Baldur's Gate (1971). and Gloria Mundi (1979). She was married to Robert Penn Warren.