Peter Taylor: A Writer's Life
Some years before Peter Taylor's death in 1994, the tacit agreement was made that Hubert McAlexander would be the author's biographer. Peter Taylor, McAlexander's accomplished portrait, achieves for readers a remarkable intimacy with this central figure in the history of the American short story and one of the greatest southern writers of his time.
Taylor's life spanned most of the twentieth century, a fact borne out in the themes of social and psychic rifts in a modernizing South that dominate his stories, plays, and novels. McAlexander knits together the facts and fiction of Taylor's life in a compelling seamless account: his family roots in Tennessee, and the ancestral basis for some of his best work; boyhood upheavals to Nashville, St. Louis, and Memphis, and his establishment of the dysfunctional family as a major subject in American literature; his tutelage under poets John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren, and the development of complex, subtle, carefully crafted stories as his metier.
We see Taylor emerge as a major writer under the aegis of the New Yorker, persevere over the decades, and finally win public recognition with the Pulitzer Prize at age seventy for his novel A Summons to Memphis. A genteel, sociable personality, Taylor sustained deep lifelong friendships with Robert Lowell, Jean Stafford, and Randall Jarrell; formed close bonds with three literary generations; and enjoyed fifty-one years of marriage to poet Eleanor Ross Taylor.
Exhaustively researched and engagingly written, Peter Taylor presents a vivid picture of the man, the artist, and his culture and literary milieu. Anyone drawn to Taylor's work will savor this superb biography.
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Even as a child, Peter Taylor distinguished short-story writer, playwright, and novelist was an astute observer with a vivid imagination, well aware of his Tennessee family's rich social and political history. He won his first literary prize in the sixth grade, but his father continually opposed his son's writing. Taylor grew to adulthood enthralled by the lifestyle of the idle rich, but he was simultaneously aware of the costs of such an existence. Throughout his life, he acquired many homes (several at one time) and many friends, including Alan Tate (who introduced him to his future wife, the poet Eleanor Ross), Eudora Welty, Ann Beattie, and Robert Lowell, perhaps his greatest friend. Taylor did not always have a wide readership, but he was consistently published in The New Yorker and won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Summons to Memphis. McAlexander, who edited Conversations with Peter Taylor and Critical Essays on Peter Taylor, was personally chosen by his subject to write this biography. He has captured the essence of Taylor both as a Southern gentleman and as an author who brilliantly conveyed the contradictory urges and vagaries of life. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Robert L. Kelly, Fort Wayne Comm. Schs., IN ...
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