Biography of Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The daughter of Quakers, she spent her early life in Quaker communities in North Carolina and the Midwest. Tyler attended Duke University for her undergraduate degree and Columbia University for a graduate program in Slavic Studies. She went on to work as a librarian at McGill University until she finally settled in Baltimore, where she started writing full-time. Many of her major novels are also set in the city of Baltimore. Tyler has written 22 novels and numerous short stories. Her writing primarily deals with problems of modern American life.

Tyler won the Pulitzer Prize for her 11th book, Breathing Lessons, in 1989. She was also awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Accidental Tourist in 1985. She was married to the Iranian psychiatrist and novelist, Taghi Mohammad Modarressi, with whom she has two daughters. She still resides in Baltimore.


Study Guides on Works by Anne Tyler

The Accidental Tourist is a novel written by the American author Anne Tyler in 1985. The novel revolves around a protagonist named Macon Leary, a middle-aged writer of travel guides. Macon and his wife of 20 years, Sarah, struggle to maintain...

Saint Maybe is a novel written by the American author Anne Tyler. It was published in 1991 by Knopf, published in print with 337 pages. The book has elements of the genre literary realism, since that is the genre in which Tyler usually writes.

The...