Anne Tyler


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Anne Tyler (born October 25, 1941) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

The eldest of four children, she was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her father was a chemist and her mother a social worker. Her early childhood was spent in a succession of Quaker communities in the mountains of North Carolina and in Raleigh. She didn't attend a school until she was 11 and this ... more »

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  • ''I was standing in the schoolyard waiting for a child when another mother came up to me. "Have you found work yet?" she asked. "Or are you still just writing?"''
    Anne Tyler (b. 1941), U.S. novelist. As quoted in The Writer on Her Work, ch. 2, by Janet Sternburg (1980). Tyler was among the most honored and w...
  • ''For me, writing something down was the only road out.''
    Anne Tyler (b. 1941), U.S. novelist. As quoted in The Writer on Her Work, ch. 2, by Janet Sternburg (1980).
  • ''I expect that any day now, I will have said all I have to say; I'll have used up all my characters, and then I'll be free to get on with my real life.''
    Anne Tyler (b. 1941), U.S. novelist. As quoted in The Writer on Her Work, ch. 2, by Janet Sternburg (1980).
  • ''It seems to me that since I've had children, I've grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.''
    Anne Tyler (20th century), U.S. author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).
  • I've always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals.... I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel roo...
    Anne Tyler (b. 1941), U.S. author. Macon Leary, in The Accidental Tourist, ch. 9 (1985).
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