Taylor Hagood: Writer, Lecturer, Professor


Taylor Hagood is a dynamic speaker who blends entertainment with education. Having lectured in the United States, Canada, and Europe, he possesses the ability to speak both to academic and popular audiences, with a special talent for packaging the often obscure theorizing of academia in a way that is as compelling as an after-dinner speech. As a literary critic, he can speak on authors and literary history, but his range of lecture topics includes travel, music, art, and culture. Based in south Florida, he has lectured at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach and done charity work for BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens. He is a regular lecturer for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Boca Raton and Jupiter , and he lectures at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. His series, "Hagood Reads the Phone Book . . ." has met with special success--in these one-time lectures, Hagood tells the funny, touching, and sometimes bizarre stories of famous and not-so-famous people in cities in the United States and beyond, including, most recently, Key West and Nashville.

Past Lecture Topics include:

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway

William Shakespeare

Sherlock Holmes

​Margaret Mitchell and ​Gone With the Wind

​Why Literature Matters

Oscar Wilde

The Harlem Renaissance

​The Writing of Anton Chekhov

​The South in Literature and Culture

Praise for Taylor Hagood's Lectures

"Attending a lecture given by Dr. Taylor Hagood is the intellectual equivalent of partaking in a sumptuous full-course dinner.  Dr. Hagood knows his subjects from A to Z and is a master at sharing this knowledge with his audience.  His students delight in his delivery which is given in a cultured, Southern accent (further enhanced by his sartorial elegance) and he possesses a quirky sense of humor which he uses at the most unexpected moments.  Dr. Hagood has the unique gift of being able to transport his listeners back to the time period and environment of the subject he is discussing, further cementing it into your mind. I wouldn't miss one of his lectures. You shouldn't either." Sandra Page

"I have been taking classes and attending lectures given by Taylor Hagood for years. On subjects as varied as Zora Neale Hurston, to Sherlock Holmes, to Walt Whitman and the Civil War, to Oscar Wilde, and Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, his knowledge and his ability to share that knowledge with grace, humor and excitement makes him a dream lecturer. So sure were many of us of his versatility and amiability that we asked him to moderate and interview panelists for our themed charity events.  He proved to be an incredible success, helping us to raise substantial amounts of money for local charities. Taylor is a delight to know.  He's my teacher of choice par excellence." Bobbie Lipoff

"I have taken many of Professor Hagood’s classes and enjoyed them all.  Although his forte is Southern literature (William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams), he is equally at home when he discusses African American writers (Zora Neal Hurston), gothic writers (Edgar Allen Poe)  and the classics (the Romantic Poets, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare).  He is always well prepared for his lectures, uses minimal notes, and presents readings from the subject which capture the essence of the author’s point of view.  In addition to discussing the authors’ writing, he provides background information about their life circumstances and their time and place in history.   This enables the student to understand the context which framed the authors’ point of view.   For example, his class on Zora Neal Hurston placed her in the larger context of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s. On a lighter note, after his Shakespeare class, which primarily focused on the lesser known plays, I aced the Shakespeare category when I was watching Jeopardy and could identify 'Hotspur.'" Joy Shearer

"I take Taylor Hagood' s classes each year. When the selections in the curriculum aren't of interest to me I know that Professor Hagood will take the material and present in such way that even the most mundane becomes exciting.  He is a brilliant lecturer, who makes you want the class to go on beyond the closing bell." Carol Karp