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Antoinette Wilson collection of correspondence with Kay Boyle


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Title: Antoinette Wilson collection of correspondence with Kay Boyle, 1963-1973Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 182

Primary Creator: Boyle, Kay, (1902-1992)

Other Creators: Wilson, Antoinette.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992

Forms of Material: Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Correspondence, Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Interviews, Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Photographs, Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Speeches, addresses, etc., Correspondence., Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains correspondence with Kay Boyle as well as speeches given by and texts written by Kay Boyle. In addition, the collection also includes memorabilia, interviews and photographs regarding Kay Boyle.

Biographical Note

Kay Boyle was born in 1902 and was a member of the American expatriate movement of the 1920s and 1930s.  As a young woman Boyle studied architecture at the Ohio Mechanics Institute in Cincinnati.  Boyle's first contribution to a national publication was a letter to the editor, which appeared in Harriet Monroe's Poetry: A Magazine of Verse in 1921.

Sometime in 1925 Boyle became involved in This Quarter, a literary review, which published her work in the first three issues.  Her first published pieces had been poems in Poetry, Broom, Forum, and Contact. In 1929 the Crosbys' Black Sun Press published Boyle's first book, titled Short Stories, in a limited edition of 185 copies.

In the late 1930's Boyle befriended several of the period's most notable writers, including James Joyce and Gertrude Stein, as well as Robert McAlmon.  In addition to lending advice as a fellow artist, McAlmon helped her to leave Duncan Colony and provided financial assistance when funds were low.  Although they never produced a collaborative work during his lifetime, Boyle revisited McAlmon's 1938 autobiography after his death, adding chapters that gave her perspective on the events he described.  The result was a revised edition of Being Geniuses Together, published in 1968.  During this time Boyle met Joseph Franckenstein, an Austrian baron, mountain climber, skier, and scholar.  In 1943 Franckenstein and Boyle were married.  He became an American citizen that year, and as an OSS officer, parachuted into France to help the Resistance.  Much of Boyle's World War II writing is inspired by Franckenstein.  He and Boyle were in Germany during the occupation when Boyle turned out some of the finest postwar fiction for the New Yorker (collected in 1951 in The Smoking Mountain). He also was with her when she was accused of communist sympathies during the McCarthy era of the early fifties, and consequently lost his government job.  Though the charges were fought and ultimately dismissed, the blacklisting and the time and resources required to fight the charges exacted immeasurable harm on their personal and professional lives.  Shortly after moving to San Francisco, where Boyle had been appointed to the creative writing faculty of San Francisco State College in 1963, Franckenstein died of cancer.  They had two children. Boyle died in 1992.

Subject/Index Terms

Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Related Materials:

Alice L. Kahler collection of Kay Boyle letters.

Kay Boyle vertical file manuscript.

Caresse Crosby papers.

Herman and Fay Rappaport collection of Kay Boyle papers.

Kay Boyle and Joseph Franckenstein correspondence.

Kay Boyle manuscript of "The Crazy Hunter"

Kay Boyle manuscript of "Being Geniuses Together"

Kay Boyle papers.

Kay Boyle photograph collection

Kay Boyle, Herman and Fay Rappaport collection of photographs.

Robert Carlton Brown collection of correspondence with Kay Boyle.

Robert W. Smith collection of Kay Boyle.

Ruby Cohn collection of Kay Boyle.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Antoinette Wilson collection of correspondence with Kay Boyle, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: InventoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: 1963 November -- 1964 DecemberAdd to your cart.
38 items
Folder 3: 1965Add to your cart.
24 items
Folder 4: 1966Add to your cart.
15 items
Folder 5: 1967Add to your cart.
37 items
Folder 6: 1968Add to your cart.
35 items
Folder 7: 1969Add to your cart.
25 items
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1970Add to your cart.
53 items
Folder 2: 1971Add to your cart.
31 items
Folder 3: 1972Add to your cart.
37 items
Folder 4: 1973Add to your cart.
21 items
Folder 5: undatedAdd to your cart.
28 items
Folder 6: Copies of photographsAdd to your cart.
14 items
Folder 7: Reviews and InterviewsAdd to your cart.
18 items
Folder 8: Address by Kay Boyle given at the Viet Nam Day Rally, San Francisco State College, October 15, 1965Add to your cart.
6 items
Folder 9: Manuscripts by Kay BoyleAdd to your cart.

28 items:

"Note on the French Milice"

"A Poem about the Jews"

History of Modern Poetry

"A Pledge to Carson McCulllers"

Opinion about Nazi Germany

The Jew is a Myth

"A Poem Dedicated to Terre Des Hommes" (2 drafts)

"The Lost Dogs of Phnom Penh"

"A Poem About Black Power"

Vietnam Protest

Folder 10: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.

"Writers in Metaphysical Revolt"

"Destination:  Hurricane"

Folder 11: Kay Boyle MemorabiliaAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Book Review by Kay BoyleAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Letters to the Editor by Kay BoyleAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Published Articles by Kay BoyleAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Published Articles about Kay BoyleAdd to your cart.

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