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Year Before Last

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Kay Boyle’s second novel, Year Before Last, was published in 1932 by Harrison Smith in New York and by Faber and Faber in London, in each case a true edition from different settings of type. Matthew J. Bruccoli, the textual editor of the Crosscurrents/Modern Fiction series, has used the Harrison Smith edition in preparing this volume which is unique in the annals of textua ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 1969 by Southern Illinois University Press (first published December 1st 1932)
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Beautiful. Devastating. Builds to a powerful gut-punch of sorrow and loss, made more profound by the fundamentally autobiographical nature of the text and those elements from Kay's own experience which are passed over in silence (her pregnancy in particular). This is her second novel and I felt as though I could actually feel her growing in confidence as it progressed.
Aug 27, 2009 lyndel rated it it was amazing
This is a really enjoyable read and if you are interested in the women writers from the 20s and 30s then this is one I would recommend . The story is an auto biographical account of the love affair that the writer kay boyle has with the carismatic irish poet she meets while she is married to another man. I love the descscriptions of their travels through France of the late 1920s as they fight with "poverty" (money mysteriously arrives in envelopes from some where!) and the fact that he has actu ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Juliet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, and with some memorable passages but not as good stylistically or in readability as her previous novel, plagued by the nightingale. Very evocative though, especially regarding the chaotic nature of the life of Hannah and Martin. I also really liked the portrayal of Hannah's loping dogs.
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Kay Boyle was a writer of the Lost Generation.

Early years
The granddaughter of a publisher, Kay Boyle was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in several cities but principally in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her father, Howard Peterson Boyle, was a lawyer, but her greatest influence came from her mother, Katherine Evans, a literary and social activist who believed that the wealthy had an obligation to he
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