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Anne Tyler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

Background

Her early childhood was spent in a succession of Quaker communities in the mountains of North Carolina and in Raleigh.

Education

She didn't attend a school until she was 11 and this unorthodox upbringing enabled her to view "the normal world with a certain amount of distance and surprise".

Career

She is noteworthy among contemporary best-selling novelists, for she rarely grants face-to-face interviews or does book tours, nor does she make many other public appearances, although she has made herself available through email interviews.

Tyler's ninth novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, which she considers her best work, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1983. Her tenth novel, The Accidental Tourist, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and was made into a 1988 movie starring William Hurt and Geena Davis. Her 11th novel, Breathing Lessons, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. She has edited three anthologies: The Best American Short Stories 1983, Best of the South, and Best of the South: The Best of the Second Decade.

Works

  • Other Work

    • If Morning Ever Comes 1964, The Tin Can Tree 1965, A Slipping-Down Life 1970, The Clock Winder 1972, Celestian Navigation 1974, Searching for Caleb 1976, Earthly Possessions 1977, Morgan's Passing 1980, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant 1982, The Accidental Tourist 1985, Breathing Lessons 1988. Short stories in magazines.

Membership

  • American Academy of Arts and Letters

Connections

Her father was a chemist and her mother a social worker.

Husband:
Taghi Mohammad Modarressi - Iran

The couple gave birth to two daughters, Tezh and Mitra.