Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Anne Tyler has made a glorious career of telling the often less-than glorious stories of small-town people enduring life’s every day ups and downs. Having come of age in rural Raleigh, North Carolina, the enigmatic Tyler draws upon her background to fashion tales of the South that are quirky, humorous, and insightful.
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Date of Birth:
October 25, 1941
Place of Birth:
B.A., Duke University, 1961
Pulitzer Prize, 1989, for Breathing Lessons; National Book Critics Circle Award, 1986, for The Accidental Tourist; PEN/Faulkner Award, 1983, for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
|The Best Book to Read First||Favorite Writers & Reads|
|The Accidental Tourist|
One of Tyler's most popular works by far, The Accidental Tourist was made into a feature film starring Geena Davis and William Hurt.
|The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time|
In our exclusive interview with Tyler, she names Mark Haddon's buzzed-about first novel as a favorite. "The parents in that book make such terrible mistakes," she comments, "and yet they're convincingly presented as loving and well-meaning and good at heart." Read our interview to learn more about Tyler's favorite writers and reads, including:
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