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Happy Birthday to Anne Tyler

October 25, 2009

Reposted by Rick from Writer’s Almanac. [I’ve long been an Anne Tyler fan — I hope that’s OK. I can never tell what’s allowable at the University.] Anyway, I liked the last quote.

Image copyright Diana Walker/Alfred A. Knopf

Image copyright Diana Walker/Alfred A. Knopf

It’s the birthday of the novelist Anne Tyler, (books by this author) born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1941), the author of The Accidental Tourist (1985), Back When We Were Grownups (2001), and Digging to America (2006). Early in her career, she decided she did not want to be a public person, so she stopped giving readings and only does occasional interviews in writing. She said, “Any time I talk in public about writing, I end up not able to do any writing. It’s as if some capricious Writing Elf goes into a little sulk whenever I expose him.” Ann Tyler also said, “I want to live other lives. I’ve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances. It’s lucky I do it on paper. Probably I would be schizophrenic — and six times divorced — if I weren’t writing.”

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