Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler, 1941–, American novelist, b. Minneapolis. Her witty and perceptive fiction, which is often set in the American South and frequently in and around Baltimore, portrays vivid contemporary characters involved in ordinary human life; she is particularly adept at depicting family relationships. Among her novels are A Slipping-Down Life (1970), Searching for Caleb (1975), Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), The Accidental Tourist (1985), Breathing Lessons (1988; Pulitzer Prize), Saint Maybe (1991), Ladder of Years (1995), The Amateur Marriage (2004), Noah's Compass (2010), and The Beginner's Goodbye (2012).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Anne Tyler: A Critical Companion
Paul Bail.
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998
Moving On: The Heroines of Shirley Ann Grau, Anne Tyler, and Gail Godwin
Susan S. Kissel.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1996
The Critical Response to Eudora Welty's Fiction
Laurie Champion.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "The Fine, Full World of Welty" by Anne Tyler begins on p. 275 and "A Visit with Eudora Welty" by Anne Tyler begins on p. 288
The Therapeutic Narrative: Fictional Relationships and the Process of Psychological Change
Barbara Almond; Richard Almond.
Praeger Publishers, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Accidental Tourist: Traumatic Loss and Pathological Grief Respond to 'Accidental Therapy'"
An Anne Tyler Companion
Robert W. Croft.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Fifty Southern Writers after 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
Joseph M. Flora; Robert Bain.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Anne Tyler (1941- )" begins on p. 491
Family Plots: The De-Oedipalization of Popular Culture
Dana Heller.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Rules of the Game: Anne Tyler's Searching for Caleb "
What's Normal? Narratives of Mental and Emotional Disorders
Carol Donley; Sheryl Buckley.
Kent State University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: An excerpt of "Average Waves in Unprotected Waters" by Anne Tyler begins on p.165
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