Tyler, Anne (1941—)

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Tyler, Anne (1941—)

Anne Tyler, a novelist who has received much critical and popular acclaim, is known for her insightful, often comic depictions of family relationships and ordinary life. Her novels, the best of which include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), The Accidental Tourist (1985), and Breathing Lessons (1988), have won such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A longtime resident of Baltimore, where she often sets her novels, Tyler is viewed by many as a Southern novelist, largely because of her concern with family, home, and place.

—James Schiff

Further Reading:

Evans, Elizabeth. Anne Tyler. New York, Twayne, 1993.

Petry, Alice Hall. Understanding Anne Tyler. Columbia, University of South Carolina Press, 1990.

Petry, Alice Hall, editor. Critical Essays on Anne Tyler. New York, G. K. Hall, 1992.

Salwak, Dale, editor. Anne Tyler as Novelist. Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, 1994.

Stephens, C. Ralph, editor. The Fiction of Anne Tyler. Jackson, University Press of Mississippi, 1990.