Anne Tyler as Novelist by Dale Salwak

By Dale Salwak

Essays talk about each one of Tyler's novels and consider her subject matters, type, plots, and characters.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.  Tyler, AnneCriticism and interpretation.  Salwak, Dale. 54dc20 [B] 94-17014 CIP 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 C 5 4 3 2 1 01 00 99 98 97 P 5 4 3 2 Page v FOR GENEVIVER CURLEY Page vii Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xi 1 Early Years and Influences Elizabeth Evans 1 2 The Early Novels: A Reconsideration Stella Nesanovich 15 3 Tyler and Feminism Alice Hall Petry 33 4 Manacles of Fear: Emotional Affliction in Tyler's Works Frances H. Bachelder 43 5 Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: The Hysterical Use of Language Rose Quiello 50 6 Crepe Soles, Boots, and Fringed Shawls: Female Dress as Signals of Femininity Ruth O.

Anselpale, sickly, and brooding, whereas James is dark, healthy, and outgoingrepresents "the one, final member of his family that he [James] hadn't yet deserted," and the one he cannot desertfor, in James's mind, Ansel is often still "that scared small brother who could sit a whole evening without saying a word or raising his eyes from the floor," a child in need of his older brother's continued attention and care. Although these features have all but vanished from Ansel, James remains bound to his original vision of his brother.

The opening sentence of Anna Karenina provides a paradigm of sorts for all of Tyler's fiction. " 42 The characters in Tyler's fictionfrom the Hawkes family in If Morning Ever Comes (1964) to the Bedloes in Saint Maybe (1991)bear out the truth of individual unhappiness within the family. Yet these same families, however strained and fractious, do somehow survive. As Petry discusses in her "Overview," Tyler's long interest in the Russian authors suggests that Chekhov and Turgenev, especially, have provided important elements for her, both in technique and in character types.

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