Peter Taylor by Hubert Horton McAlexander
A Writer's Life (Southern Literary Studies)

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Hubert H. McAlexander’s accomplished portrait of Peter Taylor (1917–1994) achieves 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. McAlexander knits together the facts of Taylor’s life in a compelling, seamless account: his deep and distinguished family roots in Tennessee; his close bonds with writers from three generations, including Allen Tate, Robert Lowell, and James Alan McPherson; his establishment of the dysfunctional family as a force in American literature; and his perseverance as a writer, finally rewarded with the Pulitzer Prize at age seventy. Exhaustively researched and engagingly written, Peter Taylor presents a vivid picture of the man, the artist, and his literary milieu.

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McAlexander is professor ofenglish at the University of Georgia.
Published September 1, 2001 by Louisiana State University Press. 360 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He was born Matthew Hillsman Taylor, for example, but from infancy on was called ''Pete'' or ''Petie,'' until he followed the poet and critic John Crowe Ransom, with whom he had studied at Vanderbilt, to Kenyon College in 1938, where, McAlexander writes, he ''would now be known as Peter Taylor: H...

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