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Kay Boyle’s Amnesty International Benefit Reading (1987)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 40 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

Author, poet, and political activist, Kay Boyle reads an excerpt from her 1933 novel “Gentleman, I Address You Privately”, in a program recorded on February 21, 1987 at San Francisco State University during an Amnesty International Benefit in her honor. The novel, which Boyle partially rewrote after this reading, tells of the adventures of an English clergyman forced out of the Church for unspecified behavior, and who then seeks to eke out a fortune as a piano teacher. One of the most important American writers of the 20th century, Boyle was born in St. Paul, MN in 1902 and was educated at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PN. She moved to France in 1923, and spent the next twenty years associating with the best and the brightest authors and artists of Europe. Always politically active, Boyle eventually became involved with Amnesty International, and was instrumental in setting up a local San Francisco chapter and regularly appeared at their annual meetings, including this benefit honoring her many years of service to the organization.

Musical Selections:  Gentleman, I Address You Privately [excerpt from the novel] (30:48) / Kay Boyle
Performers:  Kay Boyle, reader
Genre:  Literature
Subject:  Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992; Amnesty International; Literature; Clergy -- Fiction; Gay men -- Fiction
People:  McGuckin, Hank; Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992
Recording Date:  2/21/1987
 
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