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A Summons to Memphis

Taylor, Peter

Published by Knopf, 1986
ISBN 10: 0394410629 / ISBN 13: 9780394410623
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Title: A Summons to Memphis

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.


SIGNED by Peter Taylor on the title page where he has also drawn a line through his printed name. The volume is very lightly bumped at the spine ends. The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, is edge rubbed, chipped at the corners and spine ends, has a closed tear (1/2") on the base of the front panel and thin strips of tape on the outside of the jacket over the closed tear and spine wear. Awarded the 1987 pulitzer prize for fiction. Bookseller Inventory # 14011120

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Synopsis: Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
"American readers demand novels, and now Peter Taylor has given them one; to say that it is every bit as good as the best of his short stories is the highest compliment it can be paid."
When Phillip Carver receives, on a lonely Sunday evening, two successive telephone calls from his sisters, begging him to leave his home in Manhattan and return immediately to Memphis, he is slow to agree. His sisters, middle-aged and unmarried, want his help in averting the remarriage of their father, an elderly widower. And although Phillip wants no part in such manipulations, he finds himself unable to refuse to make the trip South...and into his own past.

Review: Peter Taylor is well-known as a masterful writer of short stories set in the old South; not the well-explored South of explosive passions, but an urban world of faded gentility and empty custom. In his almost Jamesian evocations of the mannered upper classes in his native Tennessee, he neither romanticizes nor reviles, but meticulously observes, revealing the patterns of social behavior that leave the individual at the mercy of a relentless past. In this, only the second novel of his long career and the winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Taylor weaves a rich social web in telling the story of one family's stark social decline, symbolized by a move from Nashville to Memphis, and of the consequences through the years and down the generations.

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