Tyler, Anne, 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 more than 20 novels are A Slipping-Down Life (1970), Searching for Caleb (1975), Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982, film 1988), The Accidental Tourist (1985, film 1988), Breathing Lessons (1988; Pulitzer Prize), Saint Maybe (1991), Ladder of Years (1995), The Amateur Marriage (2004), Noah's Compass (2010), The Beginner's Goodbye (2012), Vinegar Girl (2016), a contemporary reworking of The Taming of the Shrew, Clock Dance (2018), and Redhead by the Side of the Road (2020).
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Tyler, Anne (m. Modarressi)(1941– ) writer; born in Minneapolis, Minn. She studied at Duke (B.A. 1961) and Columbia (1961–62) Universities. She worked as a Russian bibliographer at Duke (1962–63), and as a library assistant at McGill University, Montreal (1964–65). Reynolds Price encouraged her to write when she attended Duke, but it was only when she settled in Baltimore (1967) with her psychiatrist husband and children that she began to produce her highly acclaimed short stories and novels. She is best known for such novels as Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), and The Accidental Tourist (1985).
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