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Guide to the Jody Jones Hunter and Sian McLain Hunter Collection of Works by Peter Taylor, 1946-1994

Abstract

Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor (8 January 1917-2 November 1994) was an American author and writer.

Collection includes periodical and print publications with writings by and about Taylor, clippings of reviews and obituaries, and a small amount of manuscript material.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Hunter, Jody Jones.
Title
Jody Jones Hunter and Sian McLain Hunter Collection of Works by Peter Taylor, 1946-1994
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, 100 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection includes periodical and print publications with writings by and about Taylor, clippings of reviews and obituaries, and a small amount of manuscript material. The majority of the collection consists of literary journals with stories, plays, or poems by Taylor, including issues of The Kenyon Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Sewanee Review. One manuscript item of note is the first typescript page of In The Tennessee Country, heavily corrected in pencil in Taylor's hand.

Many items were removed for individual cataloging.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

There (story) in The Kenyon Review, Vol. XXVI, No. 1., Winter 1964.
Box 1
"A Stand in the Mountains" (play) in The Kenyon Review, Vol. XXX, No. 2, 1968.
Box 1
"Dean of Men" (story) in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 45, No 2., Spring 1969.
Box 1
"Daphne's Lover" (story) in The Sewanee Review, Vol. LXXVII, No. 2, Spring 1969.

Also contains a poem by Eleanor Ross Taylor.

Box 1
"The Whistler" (play) in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 46, No. 2., Spring 1970.
Box 1
"Three Plays" in The Sewanee Review, Vol. LXXX, No. 2, April-June 1972.
Box 1
"The Early Guest" (play) in Shenandoah, Vol. XXIV, No. 2, Winter 1973.

Also contains "An Interview with Peter Taylor" by Stephen Goodwin, and a story ("Spending") by Anne Tyler.

Box 1
"His Other Life," "Peach Trees Gone Wild in the Lane," and "The Megalopolitans" (poems) in Ploughshares, Vol. 2, No. 4, 1975

Also contains 2 poems by Eleanor Ross Taylor.

Box 1
"Three Heroines" (story-poem) in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 51, No 2., Spring 1975.
Box 1
"A Garland for Peter Taylor on His Sixtieth Birthday," special issue of Shenandoah, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2., Winter 1977.
Box 1
"PW Interviews Peter Taylor," in Publisher's Weekly, 18 January 1985.
Box 1
"The Old Forest" (story) in William Abrahams' Prize Stories 1980: The O. Henry Awards. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1980.
Box 1
Robison, James C. Peter Taylor: A Study of the Short Fiction. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1988.
Box 1
First page of the original typescript of Taylor's last novel, In the Tennessee Country

Heavily corrected in pencil in Taylor's hand, with his initialled heading "from new novel. PT. September 16, 1987."

Box 1
Photocopies of 7 letters from Taylor to Robie Macauley, 1946-1948
Box 1
Clippings: Reviews, 1984-1994
Box 1
Clippings: Obituaries, 1994
Box 1
Miscellaneous
Box 1

Historical Note

Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor (8 January 1917-2 November 1994) was an American author and writer. He was born in Trenton, Tennessee, and lived with his family in Missouri as a child before attending high school in Memphis. Taylor attended college at Southwestern and Vanderbilt before graduating from Kenyon College in 1940. In addition to his writing career, Taylor was also a professor at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC Greensboro), Kenyon College, Ohio State University, and the University of Virginia. He was married to poet Eleanor Ross Taylor.

Taylor's works included short stories, plays, and three novels: A Woman of Means (1950), A Summons to Memphis (1986; winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and In the Tennessee Country (1994).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jody Jones Hunter and Sian McLain Hunter Collection of Works by Peter Taylor, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Jody Jones Hunter and Sian McLain Hunter Collection of Works by Peter Taylor were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010. Many items were removed for individual cataloging.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, April 2011

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, April 2011

Accession 2011-0079 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.