Blanche McCrary Boyd

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Blanche McCrary Boyd (born 1945)[1] is an American author whose novels are known for their eccentric characters. She is currently the Roman and Tatiana Weller Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Connecticut College.[2]


Boyd was born in Charleston, South Carolina,[1] the source of her "redneck" roots.[2] She started college at Duke University but transferred to Pomona College, graduating in 1967; she earned a master's degree from Stanford University in 1971. She joined the Connecticut College faculty in 1982.[1]

Boyd won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993–1994, a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship in 1988,[1] a Creative Writing Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission in 1982–1983[3] and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Stanford University in 1967–1968.[1] She was also won the Lambda Literary Award[1] and the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction that same year.[4] She was nominated for the Lambda Award for Lesbian Fiction again in 1997.[5]

In 2019 she was named as a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel Tomb of the Unknown Racist.[6]


Boyd's novels include

  • Nerves (Daughters Pub. Co., 1973)
  • Mourning the Death of Magic (Macmillan, 1977)[7]
  • The Revolution of Little Girls (Vintage, 1991)[8]
  • Terminal Velocity (Vintage, 1997)[9]
  • Tomb of the Unknown Racist: A novel (Counterpoint, 2018)[10]

She has also published a collection of essays,

  • The Redneck Way of Knowledge: Down-home Tales (Vintage, 1978; 2nd ed., 1994)[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f White, Amy L. (July 21, 2016). "Boyd, Blanche McCrary". South Carolina Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Silber, Emily (April 10, 2012). "From Addiction to Fiction: A look into the life of Professor Blanche Boyd". The College Voice.
  3. ^ Moore, Madeline R. (1993). "Blanche McCrary Boyd (1945–)". In Pollack, Sandra; Knight, Denise D. (eds.). Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Greenwood Press. p. 75. ISBN 9780313282157.
  4. ^ "The Publishing Triangle Awards". The Publishing Triangle: the association for lesbians and gay men in publishing. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "1997 Lambda Literary Award". FictionDB. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Koster, Rick (March 7, 2019). "Conn College English professor is finalist for prestigious award". Associated Press.
  7. ^ Reviews of Mourning the Death of Magic:
  8. ^ Reviews of The Revolution of Little Girls:
  9. ^ Reviews of Terminal Velocity:
  10. ^ Reviews of Tomb of the Unknown Racist:
  11. ^ Reviews of The Redneck Way of Knowledge:
    • Wheaton, Liz (January–February 1983). "Overrated Accuracy". Southern Exposure. 11: 68–69.
    • Houston, James D. (Spring 1983). Western American Literature. 18 (1): 72–73. JSTOR 43018792.CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • "Review". Kirkus Reviews. May 1982.

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