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Kay Boyle

Kay Boyle, American writer. Recipient O. Henry Memorial prize, 1936, 1941; San Francisco Art Commission award, 1978, Columbus Foundation American Book award, 1983, The Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch award, 1986, Lannan Foundation award, 1989, Fred Cody award, 1992; Guggenheim fellow, 1934, 61; senior citizen grantee National Endowment for Arts, 1980. Member American Academy Arts and Letters.


  • Boyle, Kay was born on February 19, 1902 in St. Paul. Daughter of Howard Peterson and Katherine (Evans) Boyle.

  • Education

    • Student, Ohio Mechanics Institute, 1919. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Columbia University, 1971. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Skidmore College, 1977.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Southern Illinois University, 1978. Student, Eastern Washington University, 1982. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bowling Green State University, 1986.


    • Professor English and creative writing San Francisco State University, 1963-1979. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary).


    • Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems
    • Crocheted shawls inspired by classic poetry! Just as poetry laces together the simplest of words into dramatic lyrical pieces, Poetic Crochet uses basic stitches to create a romantic, breathtaking collection of shawls and wraps.


    Member American Academy Arts and Letters.


    • Married Richard Brault, June 24, 1923 (divorced). Married Laurence Vail April 2, 1931 (divorced). Children: Sharon Walsh, Apple-Joan, Kathe, Clover, Faith Carson, Ian Savin.

      Married Baron Joseph von Franckenstein, February 24, 1943 (deceased 1963). 1 child, Joseph.
    Kay Boyle
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    Born February 19, 1902
    Died December 27, 1992
    (aged 90)
    • 1919
      Ohio Mechanics Institute
    • 1971
      Columbia University
    • 1977
      Skidmore College
    • 1978
      Southern Illinois University
    • 1982
      Eastern Washington University
    • 1986
      Bowling Green State University
    • 1963 - 1979
      Professor, English and creative writing San Francisco State University