(1816–1904), New Jersey-born journalist and reformer, graduated from Princeton (1834). He was a leading Fourierist, publishing The Harbinger from Brook Farm and writing Democracy, Constructive and Pacific (1843) and A Popular View of the Doctrines of Charles Fourier (1844). Among his other books are Vala (1851), a fantastic tale; a partial translation of Goethe's Autobiography (1846–47); a biography of his father-in-law, Bryant (1883); and an edition of Bryant's works. Godwin was associated with the New York Evening Post (1836–81), during the last four years succeeding Bryant as editor. He also edited the Commercial Advertiser.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.