Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Collected Stories
Peter Taylor


Described by Anne Tyler as the undisputed master of the short story form, Peter Taylor imbued his stories with a powerful sense of the conflicts between the old rural society and the increasingly urbanized South. Ranging in subject from the story of the exposure of a respected doctor’s infidelity by the family’s longtime cook to the tale of elderly siblings whose party for young people exposes the town’s class divisions, the stories often explore family dynamics within the larger society of the South. Peter Taylor was born and raised in Tennessee and St Louis, Missouri. His first collection of stories was published in 1948.

This edition was published first in 1969, and includes short stories from his first three collections: A Long Fourth and Other StoriesThe Widows of Thornton, Happy Families Are All Alike and Miss Leonora When Last Seen.

Paperback, 536pp
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2009 (1948, 1954, 1959, 1963)
ISBN 9780374531843