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journalist , novelist , writer

Robert Lewis Taylor, American author, journalist. Recipient Pulitzer prize for The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, 1959; recipient honorable mention award general reporting division Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service awards, 1939. Served as lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member Authors Guild, Delta Tau Delta.


Taylor, Robert Lewis was born on September 24, 1912 in Southern Illinois. Son of Roscoe Aaron and Mabel (Bowyer) Taylor.


Born in Carbondale, Illinois, Taylor attended Southern Illinois University for one year. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in 1933.


The university now houses his papers. In 1939, he became a writer for The New Yorker magazine, contributing biographical sketches. His work also appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and Reader's Digest.

From 1942 to 1946, Taylor served in the United States Navy during World War II. During his service, he wrote numerous stories and Adrift in a Boneyard, an extended fiction about survivors of a disaster. In 1949 The Saturday Evening Post commissioned a series of biographical sketches of W. C. Fields. He published them together as W. C. Fields: His Follies and Fortunes.

Taylor continued to write biographies, including one of Winston Churchill, as well as fiction. A Journey to Matecumbe was adapted in 1976 as the Disney movie Treasure of Matecumbe. His novel Professor Fodorski served as the basis for the 1962 musical All American.


  • After college, he became a journalist and won awards for reporting. Taylor's 1958 novel The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, about a fourteen-year-old and his father in the California Gold Rush, won the Pulitzer Prize and was purchased for a film, but eventually became a television series instead.



Served as lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member Authors Guild, Delta Tau Delta. Clubs: Down East Yacht (Boothbay Harbor, Maine).

Monte Carlo (Chapala, Mexico). Nautico (Ajijic, Mexico). Oceans Racquet (Daytona Beach, Florida).



Married Judith Martin, February 3, 1945. Children: Martin Lewis, Elizabeth Ann Taylor Peek.

Roscoe Aaron Taylor

Mabel (Bowyer) Taylor

Judith Martin

Martin Lewis Taylor

Elizabeth Ann Taylor Peek Taylor