Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler (October 25, 1941) is an American writer.

Until she was 11 years old, she did not have formal education. She had home lessons in art, carpentry, and cooking, as well as attended a correspondence school. She majored in Russian Literature at Duke University, and graduated in 1961. She then received a fellowship to graduate school in Slavic Studies at Columbia University. Tyler left  graduate school after a year, and returned to Duke, where she got a job in the library as a Russian bibliographer. While there, she published short stories in The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, and Harpers.

In 1963, Tyler married Iranian psychiatrist and novelist Taghi Mohammad Modarressi. After having her two daughters, she began writing book reviews for journals, and newspapers, in order to provide the family with additional income.

Tyler’s ninth published novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant,  was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, PEN/Faulkner Award, and the American Book Award for Fiction in 1983. Her following novel, The Accidental Tourist, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1985, the Ambassador Book Award for Fiction in 1986, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986. Her 11th novel, Breathing Lessons, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1989.

Books

  • If Morning Ever Comes (1964)
  • The Tin Can Tree (1965)
  • A Slipping-Down Life (1970)
  • The Clock Winder (1972)
  • Celestial Navigation (1974)
  • Searching for Caleb (1975)
  • Earthly Possessions (1977)
  • Morgan’s Passing (1980)
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982)
  • The Accidental Tourist (1985)
  • Breathing Lessons (1988)
  • Saint Maybe (1991)
  • Ladder of Years (1995)
  • A Patchwork Planet (1998)
  • Back When We Were Grownups (2001)
  • The Amateur Marriage (2004)
  • Digging to America (2006)
  • Noah’s Compass (2010)
  • The Beginner’s Goodbye (2012)
  • A Spool of Blue Thread (2015)
  • Vinegar Girl (2016)

Short-stories

  • “A Street of Bugles,” The Saturday Evening Post, November 30, 1963
  • “Dry Water,” The Southern Review, Spring 196
  • “I’m Not Going to Ask You Again,” Harper’s, September 1965
  • “As the Earth Gets Old,” The New Yorker, October 29, 1966
  • “The Genuine Fur Eyelashes,” Mademoiselle, January 1967
  • “The Tea-Machine,” The Southern Review, Winter 1967
  • “The Feather Behind the Rock,” The New Yorker, August 12, 1967
  • “Who Would Want a Little Boy?” Ladies Home Journal, May 1968
  • “The Common Courtesies,” McCall’s, June 1968—and The O. Henry Prize Stories 1969
  • “With All Flags Flying,” Redbook, June 1971—and The O. Henry Prize Stories 1972
  • “Spending,” Shenandoah, Winter 1973
  • “The Base-Metal Egg,” The Southern Review, Summer 1973
  • “Neutral Ground,” Family Circle, November 1974
  • “Half-Truths and Semi-Miracles,” Cosmopolitan, December 1974
  • “A Knack for Languages,” The New Yorker, January 13, 1975
  • “The Artificial Family,” The Southern Review, Summer 1975
  • “The Geologist’s Maid,” The New Yorker, July 28, 1975
  • “Some Sign That I Ever Made You Happy,” McCall’s, October 1975
  • “Your Place Is Empty,” The New Yorker, November 22, 1976—and Best American Short Stories 1977
  • “Holding Things Together”, The New Yorker, January 24, 1977
  • “Average Waves in Unprotected Waters,” The New Yorker, February 28, 1977
  • “Foot-Footing On,” Mademoiselle, November 1977
  • “Uncle Ahmad,” Quest, November–December 1977
  • “Teenage Wasteland,” Seventeen, (1983)

Awards

  • Nominated for the American Book Award for Fiction for Morgan’s Passing (1980);
  • Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for Morgan’s Passing (1980);
  • Finalist of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982);
  • Finalist of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982);
  • Finalist of the American Book Award for Fiction for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982);
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1983;
  • 1985 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for The Accidental Tourist (1985);
  • Finalist of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Accidental Tourist (1985);1989 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Breathing Lessons (1988);
  • Finalist of the 1996 The Orange Prize for Fiction for Ladder of Years (1995);Finalist of the 2007 The Orange Prize for Fiction for Digging to America (2006);
  • Finalist of The Man Booker International Prize 2011 for lifetime achievement;
  • Finalist of the 2015 The Man Booker Prize for A Spool of Blue Thread (2015);
  • Finalist of the The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 for A Spool of Blue Thread (2015).
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One Comment Add yours

  1. Liz Dexter says:

    I’ve read everything Tyler has written in long form, except Spool of Blue Thread, which she said was her last, so I’ve been saving, and Vinegar Girl, which I haven’t got round to yet.

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