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Kay Boyle
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    (February 19, 1902-December 27, 1992)
    Born in St. Paul, Minnesota
    Wrote the novels ‘Plagued by the Nightingale’ (1931), ‘Death of a Man’ (1936), ‘Primer for Combat’ (1942), ‘A Frenchman Must Die’ (1946), ‘The Seagull on the Step’ (1955), ‘Generation Without Farewell’ (1960), ‘The Underground Woman’ (1975), and ‘Winter Night’ (1993)
    Short story collections include ‘Wedding Day and Other Stories’ (1930), ‘The White Horses of Vienna’ (1935), ‘Defeat’ (1941), ‘The Smoking Mountain: Stories of Postwar Germany’ (1951), and ‘Fifty Stories’ (1980)
    Poetry collections include ‘A Statement’ (1932), ‘American Citizen: Naturalized in Leadville’ (1944), ‘Testament for My Students and Other Poems’ (1970), and ‘This Is Not a Letter and Other Poems’ (1985)
    She was slow at learning to read.
    During her marriage to exchange student Richard Brault, she had a daughter out of wedlock with magazine editor Ernest Walsh
    She lived with second husband Lawrence Vail for three years while she was married to Brault and Vail was married to Peggy Guggenheim.
    She frequently dumped her children on others whenever raising them interfered with her writing.
    Poet Robert McAlmon said, ‘Come hell or high water, Kay had to romanticize every situation.’
    In kindergarten, she was locked in a cloakroom by her classmates.
    William Carlos Williams said that her poetry picked up where Emily Dickinson left off.
    She won two O. Henry Awards for her short stories.
    The Los Angeles Times noted, ‘Boyle was among the first writers to treat homosexuality as a natural variation on the human theme.’
    She and her third husband, Baron Joseph von Franckenstein, were blacklisted during the McCarthy era over their liberal politics.
    The State Department officially cleared her and her husband of charges of being a security risk (1957)/
    She was arrested twice for protesting the Vietnam War (1967).

Credit: C. Fishel


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