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World of Relations: Achievement of Peter Taylor (Hardback)
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World of Relations: Achievement of Peter Taylor (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 26/03/1998
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Peter Taylor secured a national following through his long relationship with the New Yorker and his widely read volumes from the 1980s, The Old Forest and Other Stories and A Summons to Memphis. The Pulitzer Prize- and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author's portrayals of the battles of strong-willed fathers and mothers with their equally strong-willed sons lie at the center of his acclaimed fiction. David Robinson presents Taylor as a writer deeply concerned with the interworkings of family relationships. He argues that Taylor's key theme is the contest of the individual for maturity and balance within the nurturing but confining ties of the family. This struggle, costly in emotional terms, is often thwarted or incomplete. David Robinson offers an important critical assessment of the work of one of the South's greatest writers. It includes the first extensive critical discussion of Taylor's last two works, The Oracle of Stoneleigh Court (1993) and In the Tennessee Country (1994), which Robinson places in the context of Taylor's full career.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813120638
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 241 x 165 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The study is thoroughly analytical, principally of themes rather than techniques, and robustly evaluative." -- Choice


"Robinson is smart and subtle, revealing considerable insights into the complex layers of Taylor's fiction and plays." -- David Lynn


"Encourages not only a reevaluation of Taylor's essential themes, but also new approaches that might situate Taylor's work in relation to other mid-century diagnosticians of family collapse." -- Mississippi Quarterly


"Sensitive, informed, and insightful, Robinson's study deftly explores Taylor's richly nuanced fictional world, particularly the complex dynamics of domestic and cultural turmoil lurking just beneath the mannered calm of southern gentility." -- Robert Brinkmeyer


"Robinson shows through sound survey and analysis how Taylor's entire oeuvre is of a piece artistically and thematically." -- Southern Literary Journal


"A very helpful examination of a major storyteller." -- Southern Seen


"Demonstrates the enormous complexity of Taylor's characters." -- Virginia Quarterly Review


"Deftly connecting struggles for independence within the family setting to larger tensions within the social structure of the South at midcentury, Robinson establishes Taylor's place among the leading chroniclers of Southern culture in the twentieth century." -- American Literature

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