Kay Boyle Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Kay Boyle Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Perhaps more consistently and tenaciously than any other twentieth century American writer, Kay Boyle sought to unite the personal and the political, the past and the present, the feminine and the masculine. Recognized in both literary and popular realms, her rich oeuvre unites the American and the European experiences of twentieth century history.

Helpful though it may be as an outline, the conventional division of Boyle’s achievement into an aesthetic period before 1939 and a polemical period after may obscure Boyle’s constant focus on the dialectic between subject and object. In the exploration of personal experience, her intense imaginative reconstruction posits the integration of conflicting aspects of the...

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