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Astronomer’s Wife


Kay Boyle’s “Astronomer’s Wife” is a short story about a sensitive, intelligent woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage.  This tale is noted for its striking use of metaphor.



Call Numbers for Searching the Shelves


  • PN6120.2 .F5 1985
  • PS3503 .O9357
  • PZ1 .P587 Fi5



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Boyle, Kay. Life Being the Best and Other Stories. 1988.

                   Call Number: PS3503 .O9357 L5 1988

  • Elkins, Marilyn (ed.). Critical Essays on Kay Boyle. 1997.

                  Call Number: PS3503 .O9357 Z58 1997

  •  Pickering, James H. (ed.). Fiction 100. 1978.

                 Call Number: PZ1 .P587 Fi5

  • Spanier, Sandra W. Kay Boyle: Artist and Activist. 1986.

                 Call Number:  PS3503 .O9357 Z88 1986



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Astronomer’s Wife (Keywords Anywhere)
  • Boyle, Kay (Subject Keywords)



Reference Materials


  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction  Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 1, pg. 317-319

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition) Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 1, pg. 191-193

  • Reference Guide to Short Fiction  Call Number: REF PN3373 .R36 1994

o   Pg. 626

  • Short Stories for Students Call Number:  REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 13, pg. 1-15



Research Databases

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  •  Academic Search Complete
  •  Literature Resources from Gale



This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINCCWeb, VCC East’s online card catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

Revised November 18, 2021

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