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Discovering Peter Taylor


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Peter Taylor headed the creative writing program at UVA for many years. Library of America has also just published a canonical two-volume collection of his short stories, edited, introduced, and annotated by Ann Beattie. He is best known for idiosyncratic, regional narratives which reflect New-Critical training and saturation in the novels and stories of Edith Wharton. We will discuss a selection of key of texts: Spinster's Tale, Cookie, What Do You Hear From 'Em?, Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time, Miss Leonora Where Last Seen, Dean of Men, In the Miro District, and The Old Forest.

Instructor Bio:

David Lee Rubin taught at The University of Chicago before moving in 1969 to UVA, where he is a professor emeritus of French language and literature. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has written three books on the early modern lyric. For further information, visit http://www.foxhilleditorial.org/about-fox-hill-editorial.

Required Reading:

Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux. Collected Stories of Peter Taylor. Out of print but available used and like-new from second-hand dealers, notably Bookfinder.com and Abebooks.com. Caveat. Allow 4 weeks for delivery, longer for printed-on-demand.

Recommended Reading:

Appropriate entries in Wikipedia.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B208 David Rubin Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4 Tu 2:30-4:00 p.m. Senior Center WL

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