Taylor, Peter (American playwright, novelist, short story writer, 19__-____), “Two Images,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, ____,
© 1973 by Peter Taylor;
• in Peter Taylor’s Presences: Seven Dramatic Pieces (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973), ISBN 0395154790, LCCN 72004124, 215 pp., containing “Two Images,” “A Father and a Son,” “Missing Person,” “The Whistler,” “Arson,” “A Voice Through the Door,” “The Sweethearts”;
• script/rights available from source listed in Taylor anthology.
• Cited in Play Index 1973-1977: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1978), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, p. 322.
_____ (m), brother; _____ (m), father’s ghost; _____ (m), father’s ghost; _____ (f), sister.
“Sister and brother who have conflicting memories of their father see his ghost—a different one in each case.”—Fidell, 322.
“Peter Taylor is the author of two novels, A Woman of Means (1950) and A Summons to Memphis, which in 1986 won both the Pulitzer Prize and, in Paris, the $50,000 Ritz Hemingway prize for English Literature. Best known as a short story writer, he has published seven books of short stories, beginning with A Long Fourth and Other Stories (1948) and including The Old Forest and Other Stories, which won the P.E.N./Faulkner Award in 1986. Nine stories of his appeared in the annual Best American Short Stories, and six stories appeared in the O. Henry Prize collections. He has been described as ‘a Southern writer in the tradition of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor’ and ‘one of the most accomplished short-story writers of our time.’ His work has also been described as ‘outwardly simple but psychologically complex and powerful, and under the surface of events in the regions he knows best the author discloses the universal longings of the human heart.’ As a dramatist, he is the author of Tennessee Day in St. Louis (1957), Presences: Seven Dramatic Pieces (1973) and A Stand in the Mountains (1985). In 1983 he retired from the University of Virginia, though he still divides his time between Charlottesville and Key West, Florida. In 1982 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Lettert.”—Peter Taylor -- 11th Annual Literary Festival -- Old Dominion University -- Oct 3-6, 1988, http://courses.lib.odu.edu/litfest/11th/taylor.html, accessed September 22, 2001.
• Research could include Hubert Horton McAlexander’s Peter Taylor: A Writer’s Life, Southern Literary Studies, (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.: Louisiana State University Press, 2001), ISBN: 080712706X, 360 pp.
brother-sister relationship, ghost, memory, perception.