Books by Benjamin Taylor

HISTORY
Released: May 15, 2012

"Packed with elegant aperçus and vibrant with the author's rueful understanding that "Naples the glorious and Naples the ghastly have always been one place.""
From novelist/essayist/editor Taylor (The Book of Getting Even, 2009, etc.), an idiosyncratic, atmospheric portrait of "the great open-air theater of Europe." Read full book review >
SAUL BELLOW by Benjamin Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2010

I didn't ask to write about Saul Bellow: Letters so I could mention that I once received a letter from the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF GETTING EVEN by Benjamin Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2008

"An intellectual peep show whose ultimate meaning remains elusive."
Taylor's second novel (Tales Out of School, 1995) is an inconsequential story, with considerable pretensions, about a brainy gay Jewish astronomy student, his brainy best friends (twins) and their super-brainy parents. Read full book review >
TALES OUT OF SCHOOL by Benjamin Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

A luminous debut novel set in turn-of-the-century Galveston, Texas, the first fiction from this small literary press. Taylor, author of a collection of essays (Into the Open: Studies in Genius and Modernity, not reviewed), writes in a richly poetic language steeped in time and place, a powerful style that well supports the tale of the Mehmel family, ``a people for whom life had become too hard.'' The Mehmels, like many other Eastern European Jewish families, immigrated to the port city of Galveston at the end of the 19th century. Read full book review >