Kay Boyle, Artist and Activist


This first critical assessment of Kay Boyle's long career is both a portrait of the artist and a perceptive appraisal of her work.

Kay Boyle's writing initially appeared with that of the great experimenters of the 1920s, and through the rest of this century hers has remained a vital, original voice. Spanier examines all of Boyle's work, tracing central themes and concerns that create a single coherent body out of greatly diversified writing that includes 14 novels, 10 collections of short stories, 5 volumes of poetry, 3 children's books, and 2 essay collections.

Because Boyle's work always springs directly and immediately from personal experience, this book is necessarily a biography. Boyle herself has provided Spanier with letters, unpublished manuscripts, and pages of personal comment on this study. While the book definitely remains Spanier's, Kay Boyle's cooperation and participation make the work special.

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