Boyle, Kay

Boyle, Kay,

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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Boyle, Kay

(1903–92) writer; born in St. Paul, Minn. She joined the American expatriate community in Europe (1923–41), returning after the war as the New Yorker's European correspondent (1946–53). A number of her 50 books drew on her European experience. She won two O. Henry Awards for short stories, collections of which include Thirty Stories (1946) and The Smoking Mountain (1951). A lifelong radical, she taught at San Francisco State University (1963–79) and was outspoken in opposing the Vietnam War.
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