1912 – Born in Carbondale, Illinois on September 24th.
1933 – Taylor served as editor of the Carbondale weekly newspaper for a year, and then took off for Tahiti, spending the entire year in various parts of Polynesia.
– Upon his return, he was hired as a reporter by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and worked for the newspaper.
1939 – His stories won for him a journalism award, and Taylor was hired the same year by the New Yorker as a "Profile" writer.
1942 – Taylor enlisted in the Navy, while continuing to write for the New Yorker from notes sent to him.
1945 – Married to Judith Martin on February 3rd.
1946 – Taylor returned to a full time writing career.
1949 – His biographical talent, however, was widely acclaimed, and the Saturday Evening Post commissioned him to do a biographical series on W.C. Fields, which appeared and was published later that year under the title W.C. Fields: His Follies and Fortunes, by Doubleday.
1958 – Taylor’s most successful book was The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, published by Doubleday, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was purchased for a film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
1964 – His Two Roads to Guadalupe, another novel about a boy, was published.
– Taylor spent a year in Madrid, where he completed writing a book which he had previously researched in Kansas, called Vessel of Wrath, about temperance leader Carrie Nation.
1998 – Died on September 30th in Southbury, Connecticut.