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Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler (born October 25, 1941) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and literary critic. She has published 20 novels, the best known of which are Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985), and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence. She is recognized for her fully developed characters, her “brilliantly imagined and absolutely accurate detail,” and her “rigorous and artful style” and “astute and open language.” While many of her characters have been described as quirky or eccentric, she has managed to make them seem real through skillfully fleshing out their inner lives in great depth. Her subject in all her novels has been the American family and marriage: the boredom and exasperating irritants endured by partners, children, siblings, parents; the desire for freedom pulling against the tethers of attachments and conflicted love; the evolution over time of familial love and sense of duty. Tyler celebrates unremarkable Americans and the ordinary details of their everyday lives. Because of her style and subject matter, she has been compared to John Updike, to Jane Austen, and to Eudora Welty, among others

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It seems to me that good novels celebrate the mystery in ordinary life, and summing it all up in psy ...

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I would advise any beginning writer to write the first drafts as if no one else will ever read them ...

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The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.

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My stories are never quite good enough.

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The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen ...

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At most I'll spend three or four hours daily, sometimes less.

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My writing day has grown shorter as I've aged, although it seems to produce the same number of pages ...

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