Anne Tyler: Biography

Anne Tyler

25 okt 1941

Anne Tyler is an American novelist born on October 25, 1941, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Her parents were idealists, pacifists and civil rights activists. Her unorthodox upbringing in a Quaker commune in the mountains of North Carolina had the most profound influence on her as a writer.

At age 16, Tyler entered Duke University, where she studied with author Reynolds Price. She went on to study Russian at Columbia, loved the literature, and regularly rereads Anna Karenina. Nevertheless, Eudora Welty, the American author of short stories and novels about the American South, is considered Anne Tyler's "crowning influence".

Tyler has been widely acclaimed as "a master of the art of everyday lives of middle-class America". A prolific author of 20 novels, she has been awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

With its gently melancholy portrayals of family relationships, affectionately drawn misfits and redemptive storylines, Tyler's fiction is as distinctive as John Updike's and Jane Austen's, to whom she has been compared by critics throughout her 50-year career. Best known for her novels Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985), and Breathing Lessons (1988), Anne Tyler has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Many of her gripping page-turners were adapted into popular films (The Accidental Tourist, 1988, starring William Hurt, Geena Davis, and Kathleen Turner; A Slipping-Down Life, 1999, starring Lili Taylor and Guy Pearce) and successful television movies (Breathing Lessons, 1994; Saint Maybe, 1998; Earthy Possessions, 1999; Back When We Were Grownups, 2004).