Anne Tyler Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Anne Tyler Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In her essay “Still Just Writing” (in The Writer on Her Work, edited by Janet Sternberg, 1980), Anne Tyler discusses the importance of her having lived as a child in “an experimental Quaker community in the wilderness.” For her, this early experience of isolation and her later effort “to fit into the outside world” provided the “kind of setting-apart situation” the writer requires for aesthetic distancing. Tyler’s early isolation and struggle to belong also provided both the style and material for her fiction: the ironic distance characteristic of her prose as well as the subject of the individual’s relationship to the community, particularly to other members of one’s own household and family. Most of...

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