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Anne Tyler
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    (October 25, 1941- )
    Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Wrote the novels 'If Morning Ever Comes' (1964), 'A Slipping Down Life' (1970), 'The Clock Winder' (1972), 'Searching for Caleb' (1975), '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' (2004) and 'Digging to America' (2006)
    She said not attending school until she was 11 caused her to view 'the normal world with a certain amount of distance and surprise.'
    She refuses to do face-to-face interviews, publicly read from her books, or appear at book signings.
    She said, 'I never think about the actual process of writing. I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely.'
    She said the only trait she shares with any of her characters is 'alphabetizing my spices, as in The Accidental Tourist.'
    She graduated from Duke University at age 19, having twice won the Anne Flexner Award for creative writing.
    She won the National Book Critics Circle Award (1985) and Pulitzer Prize (1989).
    She survived breast cancer (1998).
    She said, 'What I hope for from a book - either one that I write or one that I read - is transparency. I want the story to shine through. I don't want to think of the writer.'

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