Words that Must Somehow Be Said by Kay Boyle

Words that Must Somehow Be Said: Selected Essays by Kay Boyle. 1985 North Point Press, first edition, 262 pages. Boyle was an antiwar activist and prolific short-story writer, who wrote alongside the modernists and expats of her time. She won the Guggenheim and two O'Henry awards, and was widely published in the New Yorker, although was fired from her staff position and blacklisted for a time during the red scare. As for her writing, in the New York Times obituary: "The writer Stephen Vincent Benet once described Miss Boyle's style as being 'as bright as an icicle and light as the bones of a bird.' And the critic Louis Kronenberger once contended that the fineness of her insights was 'such as no other writer of our time, in English at least, can match.'" This collection spans her career and includes essays on Elizabeth Bowen and Katherine Mansfield.

Condition: Jacket VG with some browning, clipped book VG

"For over four years I taught in a women's prison in Germany, and the director of the prison stands, a clear, pure figure, as strong as stone, against the grimness of that place."


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