Kay Boyle

Kay Boyle, 1903–93, American writer, b. St. Paul, Minn. A European expatriate in the interwar years, she returned to Europe as a correspondent for the New Yorker (1946–53) and subsequently taught English at San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State Univ.). Her novels and stories often illuminate a desperate moment when courageous action is demanded although tragedy will probably result. Among her works are the novel Plagued by Nightingales (1931); short-story collections, Nothing Ever Breaks Except the Heart (1966) and Fifty Stories (1980); and a collection of essays, The Long Walk at San Francisco State and Other Essays (1970).

See biography by J. Mellen (1994).

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Kay Boyle, Artist and Activist
Sandra Whipple Spanier.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
America's 93 Greatest Living Authors Present This Is My Best: Over 150 Self-Chosen and Complete Masterpieces, Together with Their Reasons for Their Selections
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1942
Librarian’s tip: "Kay Boyle Story They Weren't Going to Die" begins on p. 1005
Writers and Writing
Robert Van Gelder.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946
Librarian’s tip: "An Interview with Kay Boyle: Expatriate" begins on p. 193
Abortion, Identity Formation, and the Expatriate Woman Writer: H.D. and Kay Boyle in the Twenties
Hollenberg, Donna.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 40, No. 4, Winter 1994
Faith of a (Woman) Writer
Alice Kessler-Harris; William McBrien.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Kay Boyle: In a Woman's Voice"
The School of Femininity: A Book for and about Women as They Are Interpretated through Feminine Writers of Yesterday and Today
Margaret Lawrence.
Frederick A. Stokes, 1936
Librarian’s tip: "Kay Boyle" begins on p. 278
American Novelists of Today
Harry R. Warfel.
American Book, 1951
Librarian’s tip: "Kay Boyle" begins on p. 44
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.1, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Kay Boyle" begins on p. 33
Authors Today and Yesterday: A Companion Volume to Living Authors
Stanley J. Kunitz; Howard Haycraft; Wilbur C. Hadden.
H.W. Wilson, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Kay Boyle 1903-" begins on p. 85
Classics and Commercials: A Literary Chronicle of the Forties
Edmund Wilson.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Kay Boyle and The Saturday Evening Post" begins on p. 128
American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Laurie Champion.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Kay Boyle (1902-1992)" begins on p. 45
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