Anne Tyler: Tumble Tower (655 words)

Cecilia Donohue (Independent Scholar - North America)
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Nestled within Anne Tyler’s lengthy, successful, and ongoing run of critically and commercially successful novels of family life in the Southeastern United States is her sole contribution to date to the genre of Children’s Literature. Tumble Tower (1993), published between the releases of Saint Maybe (1991) and Ladder of Years (1995), relates an upbeat, gentle tale geared to youngsters aged 4 to 8. Its production can be described as a family affair—Tyler’s prose is supplemented by watercolor illustrations by her daughter, Mitra Modarressi.

The four characters of Tumble Tower—the royal family of an unnamed kingdom—are King Clement the Clean, Queen Nelly the …

Citation: Donohue, Cecilia. "Tumble Tower". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 July 2022 [, accessed 16 August 2022.]

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