Highly respected in academic circles, Professor Taylor’s specialty is
Old Norse, and his 1963 doctoral dissertation bears the title “Old Norse
Among his many scholar papers and booklength works are three volumes of translations from the Old Norse which he undertook with the great poet W.H.Auden.
In addition to Old Norse, he is a specialist in both Old English and Middle English.
He has also taught courses on Native American literature and Chicano writing.
Paul Beekman Taylor has contributed a great deal to the literature
relating to the life and work of G. I. Gurdjieff, a major influence on
He is one of the founding members of the All & Everything
International Humanities Conference, a group of independent scholars and
thinkers who have been meeting annually in various cities since 1996.
Paul has researched and written seven studies of interesting and important aspects of Gurdjieff’s life and work:
Shadows of Heaven: Gurdjieff and Toomer (Weiser Books, 1998)
Gurdjieff and Orage: Brothers in Elysium (Weiser Books, 2001)
Gurdjieff’s America: Mediating the Miraculous (Lighthouse Editions, 2004)
- reissued as Gurdjieff’s Invention of America (Eureka Editions, 2007)
The Philosophy of G. I. Gurdjieff (Eureka Editions, 2007)
G.I. Gurdjieff: A New Life (Eureka Editions, 2008)
Gurdjieff in the Public Eye 1914-1949 (Eureka Editions, 2011)
Real Worlds of G.I. Gurdjieff (Eureka Editions, 2012)
Paul Beekman Taylor’s contribution to the literature documenting the life of Gurdjieff is wide ranging and profound. Paul’s work is based on in-depth personal experience and discoveries made during a lifetime of involvement with Gurdjieff himself and many of Gurdjieff’s family, friends, and pupils.
Paul has conducted a half-century of research with primary materials in private hands and public institutions, as well as with the ever-expanding “literature” of the work. This literature is vast for it embraces a multitude of books (patiently annotated by J. Walter Driscoll) and published and unpublished memoirs in the languages of Eastern and Western Europe and the anglophonie.
His wide-ranging and extensively researched books are a distillation of Paul Beekman Taylor’s life-long pursuit of the deepest possible insight into Gurdjieff’s life and work.