Interview with Betty Layman Receveur, June 28 1992
Curated by the University of Kentucky, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. Part of the Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Summary, "Receveur's family history is recalled, as well as a comparison between frontier women and contemporary women. Then, Receveur's childhood and educational background, and marriage at age fourteen to Donald William Receveur are discussed. Next, the Louisville Writers Club, her antique business, and first novel called "Sable and Gold" are examined. The interviewee's divorce from first husband, her novels "Carrie Kingston," "Molly Gallagher," and "Oh Kentucky!" are explored. Receveur comments on Daniel Boone, and her second marriage to writer John Birkett. The interviewee's acting with the Heritage Theatre at Louisville's Jewish Community Center is articulated. The nature of creativity is then considered. Receveur's health problems,and writers who have been influential are described. Receveur then lists her writing habits, and the amount of work that goes into writing in general. Final topics of conversation include: the process of writing literary reviews, Receveur's desired legacy, and the varying roles of place in people's lives."