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Tyler grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated from Duke University and completed graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University in New York City. Her first novel, If Morning Ever Comes, was published in 1964. Her short stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, Redbook, McCall's, and Harper's.
Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1989.
Tyler is considered one of America's finest and most talented writers of her time, adept at creating vivid, memorable characters with whom her readers can easily identify. She addresses issues and describes situations common to everyone.
Surprisingly, despite her prolific output and popularity with readers, only one of her works, The Accidental Tourist, has been filmed for the big screen. The 1988 film starred William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Geena Davis in a vividly memorable performance that won her an Academy Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Three of Tyler's works - Breathing Lessons, Saint Maybe, and Back When We Were Grownups - have been adapted for television presentations on the Hallmark Hall of Fame.
Partial list of novels
- If Morning Ever Comes (1964)
- The Tin Can Tree (1965)
- A Slipping-Down Life (1970)
- The Clock Winder (1972)
- Celestial Navigation (1974)
- Searching for Caleb (1975)
- Earthly Possessions (1977)
- Morgan's Passing (1980)
- Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982)
- The Accidental Tourist (1985)
- Breathing Lessons (1988)
- Saint Maybe (1991)
- Ladder of Years (1995)
- A Patchwork Planet (1998)
- Back When We Were Grownups (2001)
- The Amateur Marriage (2003)
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