Process: A Novel

Process: A Novel

by Kay Boyle
     
 

"Process is a classic Bildungsroman and "a portrait of the artist as a young woman." Like James Joyce's Stephen Dedalus, Kerith Day is a sensitive youth, self-consciously in search of her own identity and place in the world. Observing with a keen and critical eye the dreary industrial landscape and the beaten-down inhabitants of her native Cincinnati, Ohio, Kerith…  See more details below

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"Process is a classic Bildungsroman and "a portrait of the artist as a young woman." Like James Joyce's Stephen Dedalus, Kerith Day is a sensitive youth, self-consciously in search of her own identity and place in the world. Observing with a keen and critical eye the dreary industrial landscape and the beaten-down inhabitants of her native Cincinnati, Ohio, Kerith determines to discover something better. Placing her faith in art and politics, she sets off for France, where workers and radicals are on the same side." "This novel captures the indignation and urge for independence that propelled the young Kay Boyle toward radical politics and literary experimentation. Aligned with the legendary circle of expatriate writers and artists in Paris in the 1920s, Boyle published some of her early poetry and fiction in the avant-garde little magazines, alongside the work of Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, William Carlos Williams, and Ernest Hemingway. After the appearance of Boyle's first published novel in 1931, Katherine Anne Porter signaled her as one of the "most portentous" talents of her generation."--BOOK JACKET.

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This, the first novel ever written by Boyle, is an artifact in more ways than one. Completed in France between 1924—25, it was only recently discovered in an archive at the New York Public Library and is here published for the first time. It is a classic roman à clef, describing in almost photographic detail the sexual and artistic awakening of the author. The heroine, Kerrith Day, is a young woman living discontentedly in Cincinnati, where she works at her father's business and dreams of escaping into a larger world of art and politics. Kerrith's father, Harry Day, is a conservative businessman whose inability to make a success of his ventures have brought his family down several rungs on the social ladder, from comfortable bourgeois affluence to an apartment over a garage where they live with their Persian carpets and other reminders of happier days. Needing to break away, and encouraged by her freethinking mother, Kerrith leaves home—first to take a job as a stenographer (so as to earn the money to move to New York), and later to marry the French expatriate Soupault. About as interesting in its own right as most novels by 22-year-olds, but, still, Process has a nice period feel to it and gives a good portrait of Boyle as a young artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252026683
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Kay Boyle (1902-92) was among the 'Lost Generation' of expatriate writers and artists who gathered in Paris in the 1920s. She published more than forty books and won numerous literary awards.
Sandra Spanier, a professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, is the author of Kay Boyle: Artist and Activist and the editor of Life Being the Best and Other Stories by Kay Boyle.

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