Theodore Taylor

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Birthday
23, 1921
Birthplace
North Carolina
Death Date
Oct 26, 2006 (85)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
23, 1921
Birthplace
North Carolina
Death Date
Oct 26, 2006 (85)

About

The author of the Edgar Award-winning young adult mystery novel The Weirdo (1989), Taylor is also well known for the multi-award-winning historical children's novel The Cay (1969); the Scott O'Dell Award-winning work The Bomb (1995); and the 2006 book The Flight of Leroy Brown.

Before Fame

He published his debut young adult work, The Magnificent Mitscher, in 1955, following his military service in World War II.

Trivia

When not writing novels, he pursued a career as a singer and also worked as a journalist.

Family Life

Born and raised in Statesville, North Carolina, he later lived and worked in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Laguna Beach, California. He was married to Gweneth Goodwin from 1946 until 1970 and to Flora Schoenleber from 1981 until his death in 2006.

Associated With

The Salma Hayek-directed TV movie The Maldonado Miracle (2003) was adapted from Taylor's 1973 novel of the same title.