Robert Lewis Taylor Critical Essays


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Taylor, Robert Lewis 1912–

Taylor is an American novelist, biographer, journalist, humorist, and author of short stories. Best known for his adventure stories, Taylor won the 1959 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. This picaresque novel, generally considered his most successful, is distinguished by its lively narrative, vivid dialogue, and imaginative characterizations. Taylor wrote New Yorker profiles from 1939–48, many of which were later collected in book form. He has also written full-length biographies of figures such as Winston Churchill, W. C. Fields, and Carry Nation. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 1-4, rev. ed., and Something about the Author, Vol. 10.)