Anne Tyler: Earthly Possesions (1246 words)

Cecilia Donohue (Independent Scholar - North America)
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With her seventh published novel, Earthly Possessions (1977), readers are treated to an early showcase of the characterizations, themes, and motifs that would come to define Anne Tyler’s fiction and bring worldwide acclaim to her work in the coming decades. Earthly Possessions centers around a typical Tyler protagonist—an everyday individual based in the Baltimore, Maryland area whose quirks, qualms, and questions lead to unexpected travels and surprising life decisions that grant a second chance at defining one’s life and culminate in an extended family reconciliation.

Utilizing first-person narration, Tyler plunges into the action rapidly. Charlotte Ames Emory, making one last stop at the …

Citation: Donohue, Cecilia. "Earthly Possesions". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 September 2022 [, accessed 30 September 2022.]

5470 Earthly Possesions 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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