Anne Tyler Papers

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Anne Tyler papers
Creator: Tyler, Anne
Call Number: D.365
Dates: 1958-1998
Physical Description: 4 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Typescript: "The accidental tourist"
Series II: Typescript: "Breathing lessons"
Series III: Newspaper and magazine articles
Series IV: Miscelleanous
Collection Overview
Title: Anne Tyler papers
Creator: Tyler, Anne
Call Number: D.365
Dates: 1958-1998
Physical Description: 4 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
American novelist and short story writer Anne Tyler was born the eldest of four children to Lloyd Parry Tyler, an industrial chemist, and Phyllis Mahon Tyler, a social worker, on October 25, 1941. Although born in Minnesota, she spent her early childhood in various Quaker communities throughout the mountains of North Carolina. When she was 11, the Tyler family settled in Raleigh, NC, and Tyler attended her first large, public school system. At age 19, in 1961, she graduated from Duke University, where she studied with writer Reynolds Price. She did post-graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. Tyler subsequently worked as a Russian bibliographer for Duke University Library and in the law library of McGill University before moving to Baltimore, Maryland in 1967. She married Iranian psychiatrist and novelist Taghi Modarressi (1931-1997) in 1963 at age 21, with whom she has two daughters, Tezh and Mitra.

To date, Tyler has written more than twenty novels, including: 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 (1976), Earthly Possessions (1977), Morgan's Passing (1980), Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), The Accidental Tourist (1985), Breathing Lessons (1989), Saint Maybe (1991), Ladder of Years (1995), A Patchwork Planet (1998), Back When We Were Grownups (2001), The Amateur Marriage (2003), and Digging to America (2006). She has published one story for children, Tumble Tower (1993), illustrated by her daughter Mitra Modarressi, and has penned many short stories, which have been printed in such publications as The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, Redbook, McCall's, Harper's, and The Archive. Tyler has also edited three anthologies, all in partnership with Susan Ravenel: The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983), Best of the South: From Ten Years of New Stories from the South (1996), and Best of the South: From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South (2005).

Tyler has received numerous awards for her work. While at Duke, she twice received the Anne Flexner Award for Creative Writing. In 1977, she won an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for "literary excellence and promise of important work to come." For Morgan's Passing (1980), she received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman through the University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of English. In 1986, Tyler was awarded the National Book Critics Award for The Accidental Tourist. In 1989, her novel Breathing Lessons won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Tyler was the only woman featured on Time magazine's 1990 list of the ten best novels of the decade for her The Accidental Tourist. Additionally, six of Tyler's novels have been adapted for film: The Accidental Tourist (1988), A Slipping-Down Life (1999), Breathing Lessons (1994), Saint Maybe (1998), Earthly Possessions (1999), and Back When We Were Grownups (2004). The latter four were adapted for television only.

Subject(s):
American literature
Novels
Articles
Tyler, Anne
Authors, American
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Anne Tyler Papers, together with an extensive collection of Anne Tyler first editions and other Tyler-related publications, are a gift of Mrs. Jan Gleason, longtime and generous Friend of the University of Rochester Libraries.Access
The Anne Tyler papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
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Content List
Series I: Typescript: "The accidental tourist"
Box 1"The accidental tourist"
Photocopy of 1985 first edition typescript. Half-title page and page 1 signed by Anne Tyler

Series II: Typescript: "Breathing lessons"
Box 2"Breathing lessons"
Photocopy of 1988 typescript. Plastic spiral paper bound. Stamp on cover: "Submission Book of the Month Club Inc."

Series III: Newspaper and magazine articles
Box 3, Folder 1Articles/works written by Anne Tyler
"A visit with Eudora Welty", The New York Times Book Review, November 2, 1980
Letter to "Robie" [Macauley, executive editor, Houghton-Mifflin publishing company], September 23, 1985
Typed letter signed, 1 page. [Declining an invitation to the Best American Short Stories party]

Box 3, Folder 2Reviews of Anne Tyler's work
"A state of continual crisis", A. G. Mojtabai, The New York Times Book Review, March 23, 1980
Review of Morgan's Passing

"Funny, wise and true", Benjamin De Mott, The New York Times Book Review, March 14, 1982
Review of Dinner at The Homesick Restaurant]

"Life is a foreign country", Larry McMurtry, The New York Times Book Review, September 8, 1985
Review of The Accidental Tourist

"Anne Tyler: as stylish as apple pie", Dan Cryer, Democrat and Chronicle: Books, September 15, 1985
Review of The Accidental Tourist

"Throwing caution to the whim", Lee Lescaze, The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 1985
Review of The Accidental Tourist

"Leaving home", John Updike, The New Yorker, October 28, 1985
Review of The Accidental Tourist

"Southern comfort", Diane Johnson, The New York Review of Books, November 7, 1985
Review of The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler and In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason

"Breathing lessons", Publisher's Weekly, July 1, 1988
Review of the novel

"Mid-life ups and downs", Lee Lescaze, The Wall Street Journal, September 6, 1988
Review of Breathing Lessons

"A fresh breath of Anne Tyler", Robert Wilson, USA Today, September 9, 1988
Review of Breathing Lessons

"About Maggie, who tried too hard", Edward Hoagland, The New York Times Book Review, September 11, 1988
Review of Breathing Lessons

"New life for old," Cathleen Schine, The New York Times Book Review, May 7, 1995
Review of Ladder of Years

"Odd jobs," Carol Shields, The New York Times Book Review, April 19, 1998
Review of A Patchwork Planet

"Status under siege," James Bowman, The Wall Street Journal, April 23, 1998
Review of A Patchwork Planet

Box 3, Folder 3Reviews written by Anne Tyler
Arranged chronologically

"Please don't call it Persia", The New York Times Book Review, February 18, 1979
Review of Identity Card by F. M. Esfandiary

"Unlikely heroines", The New York Times Book Review, May 6, 1979
Reviews of Sanjo by Evelyn Wilde Mayerson and Favours by Bernice Rubens

"Two novels: growing up", The New York Times Book Review, June 17, 1979
Reviews of Wild Oats by Jacob Epstien and The Ballad of T. Bantula by Kit Reed

"Two sets of bleak lives", The New York Times Book Review, July 29, 1979
Reviews of Where the Cherries End Up by Gail Henley and Days by Mary Robinson

"European plots and people", The New York Times Book Review, September 16, 1979
Review of From the Fifteenth District by Mavis Gallant

"Novel with notes", The New York Times Book Review, October 21, 1979
Review of Love, etc. by Bel Kaufman

"Woman coping", The New York Times Book Review, February 10, 1980
Review of A Woman's Age by Rachel Billington

"Everyday events", The New York Times Book Review, March 9, 1980
Review of A Matter of Feeling by Janine Boissard

"The return of Sarah Stern", The New York Times Book Review, August 3, 1980
Review of The School Book by Anne Bernays

"An honorable heroine", The New York Times Book Review, September 14, 1980
Review of Rich Rewards by Alice Adams

"A good family", The New York Times Book Review, October 12, 1980
Review of Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott

"The stoics and trudgers", The New York Times Book Review, March 8, 1981
Review of American Rose by Julia Markus

"Life in an ingrown household", The New York Times Book Review, January 17, 1982
Review of Against the Stream by James Hanley

"A bigamist's daughter", The New York Times Book Review, February 21, 1982
Review of the novel by Alice McDermott

"Ordinary family, with a difference", The New York Times Book Review, March 28, 1982
Review of White Horses by Alice Hoffman

"The complexities of ordinary life", The New York Times Book Review, September 19, 1982
Review of Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood

"The growing up of Lily Shields", The New York Times Book Review, October 1, 1982
Review of My Old Sweetheart by Susanna Moore

"No fond return of love", The New York Times Book Review, February 13, 1983
Review of the novel by Barbara Pym

"A widow's tale", The New York Times Book Review, February 20, 1983
Review of Praisesong For the Widow by Paule Marshall

"Mother lived well", The New York Times Book Review, April 24, 1983
Review of Natural Victims by Isabel Eberstadt

"Home folks at one another's throats", The New York Times Book Review, May 8, 1983
Review of The Feud by Thomas Berger

"Writers in place and writers in motion", The New York Times Book Review, May 29, 1983
Review of Mississippi Writers Talking by John Griffin Jones and Black Women Writers at Work edited by Claudia Tate

"Modern Baptists," The New York Times Book Review, July 31, 1983
Review of the novel by James Wilcox

"The Ledfords and all of us", The New York Times Book Review, November 6, 1983
Review of Generations by John Egerton

"The wounds of war", The New York Times Book Review, July 1, 1984
Review of Machine Dreams by Jayne Anne Phillips

"The holes in Sara's life", The New York Times Book Review, August 5, 1984
Review of In Another Country by Susan Kenney

"Go east, young man", The New Republic, January 21, 1985
Review of Equal Distance by Brad Leithauser

"A solitary life is still worth living", The New York Times Book Review, February 3, 1985
Review of Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner

"Mothers in the city", The New Republic, April 29, 1985
Review of Later the Same Day by Grace Paley

"Come to Canada", The New Republic, May 13, 1985
Review of Home Truths: Sixteen Stories by Mavis Gallant

"Travel", The New York Times Book Review, June 2, 1985
A series of reviews written by Anne Tyler of different travel books

"Down in New Orleans", The New Republic, June 24, 1985
Reviews of Lives of the Saints by Nancy Lemann and The Sioux by Irene Handl

"Spark files", The New Republic, October 14, 1985
Review of The Stories of Muriel Spark by Muriel Spark

"Spots of time", The New Republic, November 18, 1985
Review of Midair by Frank Conroy

"Daughter's-eye view", The New Republic, April 21, 1986
Review of Collaborators by Janet Kauffman

"The mission", The New Republic, April 6, 1987
Review of The Messiah of Stockholm by Cynthia Ozick

"If it's not Russian, he hates it", The New York Times Book Review, September 20, 1987
Review of The Frigate Pallada by Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov

"Up from misery", The New Republic, July 11, 1988
Review of Letourneau's Used Auto Parts by Carolyn Chute

"Master of moments", The New Republic, February 6, 1989
Review of Selected Stories by Andre Dubus (entire magazine issue, page 41)

"Burmese days", The New Republic, March 27, 1989
Review of John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins] (entire magazine issue, page 35)

"Class wars", The New Republic, November 13, 1989
Review of Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder] (entire magazine issue, page 40)

"The outsider may be you", The New York Times Book Review, March 18, 1990
Review of Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner by Wallace Stegner

Box 3, Folder 4Articles and other materials mentioning Anne Tyler
"A collection of discoveries," Maureen Howard, The New York Times Book Review, November 2, 1980
Article quotes a profile of Eudora Welty written by Anne Tyler, 2 pages

"A writer's first readers", Helen Benedict, The New York Times Book Review, February 6, 1983
Article mentions Anne Tyler's particular privacy about her work

"The best American short stories 1983, edited by Anne Tyler, with Shannon Ravenel," Houghton Mifflin, 1983
Publisher's flier, signed by Anne Tyler

"Author price guides", by Allen Ahearn and Pat Ahearn, Quill and Brush [Booksellsers], Bethesda, MD, June 1985
Dealer estimates for Anne Tyler 1st ed. prices
2 pages w/ accompanying explanatory pages

"Rights", Paul Nathan, Publishers Weekly, September 19, 1986
Mentions Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and Anne Tyler's agents

"Magic numbers, magic carpet!", edited by William Goldstein, Publishers Weekly, June 24, 1988
Concerning the release of Breathing Lessons

"Papers in Alaska, Pa., Illinois lead Pulitzers", Democrat and Chronicle, March 31, 1989
Announces Anne Tyler's Pulitzer for Breathing Lessons

"Cathy", January 6, 1990 (?)
Comic strip of Cathy as she walks out of a showing of The Accidental Tourist

"National Book Critics circle awards"
Announcing Anne Tyler's award for The Accidental Tourist, magazine clipping

"Bev Chaney Jr. Books," Ossining, NY, Antiquarian Bookman, September 22, 1986
Dealer listing of secured Anne Tyler items for sale

"Taghi Modarressi, novelist, dies at 65," The New York Times, [May 1997], undated
Obituary for Anne Tyler's husband

"Taghi Modarressi, child psychiatrist", John Rivera, The Baltimore Sun, April 26, 1997
Obituary for Anne Tyler's husband (online database print-out)

"Knopf takes two Pulitzer prizes; Anne Tyler wins fiction award"
Announcing the award for Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist

Box 3, Folder 5Family of Anne Tyler
"Return to Iran," Taghi Modarressi [husband of Anne Tyler], The New York Times Book Review, August 14, 1983
Review of Isfahan is Half the World by Sayyed Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh

Series IV: Miscelleanous
Box 4, Folder 1Essays by Anne Tyler
"The Galax," Freshman Writing: Essays by students in English 1 and 2 at Duke University 1958-1959, Duke University
Pages 27-29

"A visit with Eudora Welty," Chicago: Pressworks
8 [unnumbered] pages, 7 1/2" x 6", "This essay first appeared in the November 2, 1980 issue of The New York Times Book Review, to whom grateful acknowledgement for permission to reprint is made. The edition is limited to 100 copies, none of which is for sale."

"Anne Tyler remembers her feelings about Borzois," The Borzois Reader, June 1, 1990
Knopf, Vol. 2, No. 2, page 53. A special 75th Anniversary issue honoring Alfred A. Knopf, publisher.

Box 4, Folder 2Materials on the film, "The accidental tourist"
Opening announcement story
Typescript, photocopy, 1 page

Photographs, black & white still shots with captions from film
4 photographs showing William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Geena Davis

The cast and credits for the film
Typescript, photocopy, 9 pages

"The accidental tourist" production information
Typescript, photocopy, 23 pages

Box 4, Folder 3Materials on the book, Tumble tower
Photographs, black & white of Anne Tyler and Mitra Modarressi
2 photographs

"Mom's the word," Entertainment Weekly, feature, May 7, 1993
'My mother, My coauthor,' about Anne Tyler and Mitra Modarressi, photocopy, 1 page

"Tumble tower," Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 1993
Photocopy, 1 page

"Tumble tower," Publisher's Weekly, review, June 28, 1993
Photocopy with illustration, 1 page

"Anne Tyler teams up with her daughter to publish first children's book," Orchard Books
Official description from publisher, typescript, undated, 2 pages

"Biographies," biographies of Anne Tyler and Mitra Modarressi
Typescript, photocopy, 1 page

Box 4, Folder 4Materials on Festschrift For Reynolds Price
Correspondence from Anne Tyler to Stuart Wright (owner/publisher Palaemon Press Limited), September 10, 1982-October 9, 1982
2 letters

"Reynolds Price reads 'The anniversary' to twenty-nine freshman English students from the class of '62," poem by Anne Tyler
Typescript, photocopy, 1 page

"Reynolds Price reads 'The anniversary' to twenty-nine freshman English students from the class of '62," printer's proof
"OK - at" in red pen, 2 pages

For Reynolds Price, February 1, 1983
"Privately printed," copy 30 of 150. Tributes by Fred Chappell, James Dickey, Anne Tyler, and Eudora Welty, with signatures, 8 [unnumbered] pages

Box 4, Folder 5Materials on Festschrift for Eudora Welty
Letter from Anne Tyler to Stuart Wright, July 16, 1983
1 page

"To Eudora Welty, for showering us with gold," poem by Anne Tyler
Typescript, photocopy, with original pencil and red pen edits

"To Eudora Welty, or showering us with gold," poem
Typescript

Letter from Anne Tyler to Stuart Wright, January 8, 1984
"To Eudora Welty, for showering us with gold," poem
Printer's proof, "OK - aT" in red pen

Eudora Welty: a tribute, April 13, 1984
Contains "To Eudora Welty, For Showering Us with Gold," copy 42 of 75, with signed tributes by Cleanth Brooks, Bernard Malamud, William Maxwell, Reynolds Price, William Jay Smith, Elizabeth Spencer, Peter Taylor, Anne Tyler, Robert Penn Warren, and Richard Wilbur, 31 [unnumbered] pages.



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