Peter Taylor was born in Trenton, Tennessee in 1917. He is the author of eight short story collections, including Miss Lenora When Last Seen and Fifteen Other Stories (1963); In the Miro District and Other Stories (1977); and The Old Forest and Other Stories (1986), winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. Taylor has also written three novels, including A Summons to Memphis (1986), which won the Ritz/Hemingway Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. His other honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of short story. Taylor taught literature and writing at Kenyon College and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he lived until his death in 1994.