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Kay Boyle, artist and activist /
Sandra Whipple Spanier.
imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1986.
description
xvi, 261 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., ports., facsims.
ISBN
080931276X
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Book
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imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1986.
isbn
080931276X
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3512384
 
Bibliogrphy: p.243-249.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1986-12:
Biography-cum-analysis of Kay Boyle (1902), poet, novelist, short-story writer, essayist. Spanier focuses on the 1920s and 1930s, seeing these years as a ``crucial period in {Boyle's} personal and creative development.'' Boyle's central motif, according to Spanier, was ``people's redemption through their uniquely human power to love, if only they would.'' Married three times, the mother of six and stepmother of two, a New Yorker writer until her 1952 blacklisting, Boyle has been and is still active in a number of liberal causes, and her present work reflects these concerns. She has also been a teacher. Spanier believes that Boyle's writing follows distinct patterns: the 1920s novels were concerned with aesthetic integrity; the 1930s writing with communicating with the reader; the 1940s writing was less literary and more popular as she focused on the turbulence in Europe. Her best novels, Monday Night (1938) and The Crazy Hunter (1940), achieved a perfect balance, according to Spanier, between aesthetic and communicative concerns. Spanier includes a brief chapter on why she feels Boyle's work has not been more popular. Written with Boyle's assistance, this first full-length study is highly recommended. Contains photos, notes, selected bibliography, index.-J. Overmyer, The Ohio State University
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Choice, December 1986
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Summaries
Main Description
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, origin al 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 in cludes 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 man uscripts, and pages of personal comment on this study. While the book definitely remains Spanier's, Kay Boyle's coopera tion and participation make the work special.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prologue: ""The Crusading Spirit""p. 1
Beginnings: St. Paul to Parisp. 6
The Revolution of the Wordp. 30
More Fruits of the Twenties The First Four Novelsp. 57
The Thirties: Art and The Functioning Worldp. 92
Interlude: Monday Night And The Crazy Hunterp. 125
The War Years: Politics And Potboilersp. 144
In the Wake of Warp. 173
Back Home: ""It Might Just Save the World""p. 197
Epilogue: Tunes of an Aeolian Harpp. 214
Notesp. 225
Selected Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 251
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