Literary Precedents for A Summons to Memphis

Peter Taylor
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Taylor combines several traditions in his stories. His place in the southern tradition is obvious with his introversion, concentration on tradition, and scrutiny of private behavior. His preoccupation with psychology places him in the tradition of Henry James and others, although Taylor's style is quite dissimilar.

His short stories and novels are private rather than public, quiet rather than boisterous, contemplative rather than active. Readers more than likely will perceive the works as autobiographical in nature. However, this quality may be as much the effect Taylor's stories have upon the reader's identifying with events as it is the writer's personal story.

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