Anne Tyler

I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.

– Anne Tyler


born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The United States,  October 25, 1941

gender: female
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. The Beginner’s Goodbye is Anne Tyler’s nineteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons , was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

18 thoughts on “Anne Tyler

  1. October 25, 1941: Happy 72nd birthday, Anne Tyler! The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist grew up in a Quaker community. She is often cited by fellow novelists as a favorite, with admirers as different as Eudora Welty and Nick Hornby.

  2. What a great quote and I really do feel this way. I lead a comparatively reclusive life style and friends criticize my isolation(they forget I am sole caretaker of 90 year old father) but they are missing out. I am quite comfortable living more than one life in one place with my books. I feel just an enriched as the world traveler and historical fiction transplants me to ages past and scify to worlds of future so my universe is much vaster than theirs.

    • As Anne says: “… you would be surprised at how much companionship a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them.”
      ― Anne Tyler
      I agree, books expand our universe.

  3. I agree with the quote thoroughly – books have generally been a source of knowledge, solace, adventure and travel and still are. I have also enjoyed Anne’s novels over the last decade or so – but have yet to read her latest. Must get on and do so 🙂 Thanks for the post, Pauline

  4. Excellent quote and so true! I read about 50 books a year. I travel the earth and universe this way! It’s amazing, too bad more humans don’t do it. Xo beautiful.

  5. I find I am doing the same thing as I read and travel in WordPress. 🙂 Need no ticket. No luggage.

  6. Love this quote! I agree with Mixe 🙂

    • You might like this one, too, Amy: “I mean you’re given all these lessons for the unimportant things–piano-playing, typing. You’re given years and years of lessons in how to balance equations, which Lord knows you will never have to do in normal life. But how about parenthood? Or marriage, either, come to think of it. Before you can drive a car you need a state-approved course of instruction, but driving a car is nothing, nothing, compared to living day in and day out with a husband and raising up a new human being.”
      ― Anne Tyler, Breathing Lessons

      • She is brilliant! Some may learn the “day in and day out…” when it’s over, others don’t learn at all…

  7. So true. Reading broadens our worlds.

  8. such a simple quote rich with so much truth:)

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