Anne Tyler

(1475 words)

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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Donohue, Cecilia. "Anne Tyler". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
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Articles on Tyler's works

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

Related Groups

  1. Literature of the American South