Kay Boyle Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

Kay Boyle Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

In a 1963 article Kay Boyle defines what she saw as the role of the serious writer: to be “the spokesman for those who remain inarticulate an aeolian harp whose sensitive strings respond to the whispers of the concerned people of his time.” The short-story writer, she believed, is “a moralist in the highest sense of the word”; the role of the short-story writer has always been “to speak briefly and clearly of the dignity and integrity of [the] individual.” Perhaps it is through this definition that the reader may distinguish the central threads that run through the variegated fabric of Boyle’s fiction and bind it into a single piece.

In the 1920’s, when the young expatriate artists she knew in Paris were...

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