Peter Taylor





Peter Taylor

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born
in Trenton, The United States
January 08, 1917

died
November 02, 1994

gender
male

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Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor was a U.S. author and writer. Considered to be one of the finest American short story writers, Taylor's fictional milieu is the urban South. His characters, usually middle or upper class people, often are living in a time of change and struggle to discover and define their roles in society.
Peter Taylor also wrote three novels, including A Summons to Memphis in 1986, for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and In the Tennessee Country in 1994. His collection The Old Forest and Other Stories (1985) won the PEN/Faulkner Award. Taylor taught literature and writing at Kenyon and the University of Virginia.


Average rating: 3.72 · 4,269 ratings · 313 reviews · 122 distinct works · Similar authors
A Summons to Memphis
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 3,114 ratings — published 1986 — 12 editions
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The Old Forest and Other St...
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 211 ratings — published 1985 — 6 editions
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The Collected Stories of Pe...
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 143 ratings — published 1969 — 6 editions
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A Woman of Means: A Novel
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1950 — 4 editions
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In the Tennessee Country: A...
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 1994 — 2 editions
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In the Miro District and Ot...
4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 1977 — 6 editions
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Oracle at Stoneleigh Court
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1993 — 3 editions
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O gerente de projeto pregui...
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The Widows of Thornton
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“A project manager was out walking in the countryside one day when a frog called out to her. She bent down, picked up the frog and put it in her pocket. The frog called out again, saying ‘If you kiss me I shall turn back into a handsome prince, and I’ll stay with you for a week as your lover.’ The project manager took the frog out of her pocket, smiled at it and put it back in. The frog called out once more. ‘If you kiss me and turn me back into a prince, I’ll stay with you for as long as you wish and do absolutely anything that you want.’ Again the project manager took the frog out of her pocket, smiled at it and put it back. Finally, the frog demanded ‘What’s the matter? You can turn me back into a handsome prince, and I’ll stay with you forever and do anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?’ to which the project manager replied, ‘Understand, I’m a project manager. I simply don’t have time for a boyfriend, but a talking frog … that’s cool.”
Peter Taylor, The Art of Laziness

“When starting out in a job or role for the first time there is often a belief (both from the individual and sometimes also from their manager) that being extremely busy and putting in long hours can be productive.”
Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell

“I quote Frank O’Connor to my students: that when you are writing a story, at some point the story must take over. You are not going to be able to control it. I think this is true. O’Connor said he thought Joyce controls his stories too tightly—“Whoever heard of a Joyce story taking over?” he asked—and that there is a deadness about them. You have got to keep the story opened up, let the story take over at some point.”
Peter Taylor

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