Date Published: 1944 to 1987
Binding: No binding
Kay Boyle was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, and political activist. She was a member of the Lost Generation in the 1920s and 1930s, who battled fascism, Nazism, McCarthyism, and the Vietnam War.
4 ALS, 1 NS, 2 TLS, 1 Envelope:
• ALS to Mr. Bower (Ann Watkins, Inc.), 5 January 1944, declining his invitation to talk on his book program (“I expect to leave New York within the coming week to join my husband in Colorado.”).
• ALS to Mr. Beatty, 10 January 1960, re a “piece by [Howard] Nemerov (whom I admire very much)”, signed Kay B Franckenstein (the latter the surname of her second husband).
• ALS (2 pp.), 19 May 1987, to Juanita Lieberman. In the letter Boyle mentions pressing deadlines, eye cataracts and a fractured spine. She also talks about producing more work, “before I move on to a happier world where I will be able to play my harp in peace.” Provenance: from the estate of Anna Sosenko, best known as the manager of the cabaret performer, Hildegarde, and for the song, “Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup” among others. • ALS (2 pp.) to Ken Stuart, 31 October 1987, re returning the book jacket, Camus’s American Journals, biography by Sandra Spanier, publication of her diaries, his father who edited the Saturday Evening Post, her daughter in the hospital.
• Note/card signed to Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Wreden, 19 September 1966, with envelope, declining their invitation for 9 October (“I am trying to get a diary report done on my trip to Cambodia….”).
• TLS from Lydia Lachenschmidt, with envelope, 14 March 1970, re appreciation of Boyle’s work with a signed note from Boyle in reply.
• TLS from Paul Shuttlewirth, 28 October 1974, with 2 photos, one a newspaper clipping and envelope, re Being Geniuses Together, the IRA, and Terence MacSwinney.
• Envelope addressed to John R. Uppington, date-stamped 9 November 1963 - no letter.
On consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8919