Research awards

Kay Boyle: A Twentieth-Century Life in Letters, edited and with an introduction by Sandra Spanier,

has won an honorable mention

for the Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters

from the Modern Language Association

“With Kay Boyle: A Twentieth-Century Life in Letters, Sandra Spanier has assembled a thoughtful selection that is representative of the life and literary phases of this leading figure among the Lost Generation modernists. Kay Boyle was at the center of literary and social developments in the twentieth century, traveling to France as a bride, living as an ex-pat and witnessing the spread of fascism, working as a foreign correspondent in Europe and then becoming a target of McCarthyism, and finally participating in American literary circles and the anti–Vietnam War movement. Enhancing the well-written and entertaining letters with an intr oduction, a chronology, numerous photographs, biographies of the correspondents, and a detailed index, Spanier has helped Boyle achieve the goal of writing a “record of our age” and has created a collection that is itself a work of literature.”


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