Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Benjamin Taylor

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2009

Benjamin Taylor is the author of the novel The Book of Getting Even, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award Finalist, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year and Ferro-Grumley Prize Finalist. He is the author of a book-length essay, Into the Open. His novel Tales Out of School, winner of the 1996 Harold Ribalow Prize, was reissued in 2008. In the autumn of 2010, Penguin published The Letters of Saul Bellow, edited by Taylor. Taylor’s travel memoir, Naples Declared, appeared in the spring of 2011. His memoir of boyhood, The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered, was published in 2017.



Benjamin Taylor worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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