“I felt that this was my last moment to reach out and understand something of the world.”

Taylor croppedPeter Taylor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Penn Faulkner Award, is virtually unknown today. In a 1985 review, the New York Times said: “His narrative method is to hover over the action, to digress from it, to explore byways and relationships, to speculate on alternative possibilities – in short, to defy the conventions of brevity and concentration that we usually associate with the genre. What results is often a thickly populated microcosm of an entire society, with its assumptions, virtues, loyalties and snobberies revealed.”  I find this approach appealing and intriguing, which is why he’s among my favorite short story writers.

Peter Taylor, The Old Forest and Other Stories (Garden City, NY: The Dial Press, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1985), p. 80.

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