Among the multiplicity of women novelists who attained well-deserved places in the literary canon and the literature classroom over the closing decades of the twentieth century, Anne Tyler stands out. One distinguishing trait is her prodigious rate of productivity; between 1964 and 2001 she published 16 novels, nine of which were released in the 1980s and 1990s. Also, while maintaining the Southern literary tradition in her choice of Southern cities as backdrops and in her emphasis on home and family relationships, she differentiates herself from such predecessors as William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren and Katherine Anne Porter in her admitted lack of a “world view”.

Often inspired by overheard conversational …

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Citation:
Donohue, Cecilia. "Anne Tyler". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4488, accessed 22 December 2014.]

Articles on Tyler's works

  1. Back When We Were Grownups
  2. Beginner’s Goodbye
  3. Breathing Lessons
  4. Celestial Navigation
  5. Digging to America
  6. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
  7. If Morning Ever Comes
  8. Ladder of Years
  9. Noah's Compass
  10. Searching for Caleb
  11. The Accidental Tourist
  12. The Amateur Marriage
  13. The Clock Winder

Related Groups

  1. Literature of the American South