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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.


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).


book His human majesty book Pinky in Persia book PINKY IN PERSIA by Kay Boyle illustrated by Lilian Obligado (1968 First Printing Hardcover 6.25 x 8.5 inches, 32 pages Crowell-Collier Press) book PINKY IN PERSIA book The Long Walk at San Francisco State, and Other Essays (An Evergreen Black Cat Book, B-263) book Three Short Novels: The Crazy Hunter; The Bridegroom's Body; Decision (A Revived modern classic) book Avalanche:  A Novel of Love and  Espionage book Three Short Novels, the Crazy Hunter, the Bridegroom's Body, Decision book Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems


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.