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Peter Taylor : a writer's life

Author: Hubert Horton McAlexander
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2001.
Series: Southern literary studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Peter Taylor; Peter Taylor; Peter Hillsman Taylor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hubert Horton McAlexander
ISBN: 080712706X 9780807127063
OCLC Number: 45828188
Description: xix, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Taylors --
Nashville and St. Louis --
Memphis --
Vanderbilt and the Return Home --
Kenyon --
Limbo --
Marriage and War --
Starting Out in the Forties --
Bloomington and Hillsborough --
The Idyll --
The Middle Years --
London and Ohio State --
Greensboro --
Charlottesville --
An Extension of Time --
Fruition --
Turning Points --
Art and Life.
Series Title: Southern literary studies.
Responsibility: Hubert H. McAlexander.

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"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 deep and distinguished 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 awakening as a writer under the tutelage of poets John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren, and the development of complex, subtle, carefully crafted stories - "Compression is everything," Taylor said - as his metier."--Jacket.

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