Tyler, Anne

Tyler, Anne
born Oct. 25, 1941, Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.

U.S. writer.

Tyler worked as a bibliographer and librarian before settling in Baltimore in 1967 and beginning to write full-time. Her novels, comedies of manner marked by compassionate wit and precise details of domestic life, include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), The Accidental Tourist (1985; film, 1988), Breathing Lessons (1988, Pulitzer Prize), and A Patchwork Planet (1998). Several focus on eccentric middle-class people living in chaotic, disunited families in Baltimore.

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▪ American writer
born Oct. 25, 1941, Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.

      American novelist and short-story writer whose comedies of manners are marked by compassionate wit and precise details of domestic life.

      Tyler, the daughter of Quakers, spent her early years in North Carolina and in various Quaker communities in the Midwest and South. At age 16 she entered Duke University, graduating three years later. She worked as a bibliographer at Duke and as a librarian at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, before settling in Baltimore, Maryland, where she turned to writing full-time.

      Tyler's first novel, If Morning Ever Comes, was published in 1964. Though it received little critical attention, it revealed the polished prose and understated examination of personal isolation and the difficulty of interpersonal communication that would also characterize her later work. Publication of The Tin Can Tree (1965) and The Clock Winder (1972) followed, but it was not until the appearance of Celestial Navigation (1974) and Searching for Caleb (1975) that Tyler came to nationwide attention. Her smooth, witty style and her descriptions of modern Southern life won her many readers, and her next novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), was a national best-seller. Her highly successful novel The Accidental Tourist (1985) examines the life of a recently divorced man who writes travel guides for businessmen. It was made into a film in 1988. Tyler's later works include Breathing Lessons (1988), for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989, Saint Maybe (1991), Ladder of Years (1995), and A Patchwork Planet (1998). She also wrote and published many short stories.

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