EP#28: Mark Taylor
Jan 12th, 2021 by US Chess
This month’s guest is is Dr. Mark Taylor talking about chess fiction and narrative--we thought this would be a fun time to have this discussion as The Queen's Gambit continues to be popular on Netflix, and of course it was based on Walter Tevis' 1984 novel.
Taylor is an Associate Professor of English at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He is currently at work on Chess and Chessic Motifs in English Prose Narrative Since 1700: An Annotated Bibliography, a comprehensive work featuring approximately 2000 entries. Berry earned his PhD in English Literature in 1995 at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches freshman writing and medieval and renaissance literature. He published over 200 articles in various chess periodicals between 2002 and 2015, including the December 2012 Chess Life cover story “The White Collection: Exploring the largest chess library in the world.” awarded the “Best Feature Article” by Chess Journalists of America. He has been editor of Georgia Chess and The Chess Journalist. His son Paul Taylor was an accomplished scholastic player who reached an expert rating, and his wife Melinda is our Publications Editor at US Chess.