Anne Tyler as Novelist by Dale Salwak

By Dale Salwak

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

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Unable to resign himself to his father's death and to indifference to his half brother, as his family had, Ben Joe continued these visits secretly, just as he secretly visited his father at Lili Belle's before the doctor's death. Part of Ben Joe's return trip involves visiting Lili Belle to learn of Phillip's health and coming to terms with Dr. Hawkes's death six years earlier, a memory that unsettles and disturbs Ben Joe. In an interview with Clifford A. Ridley in 1972, Anne Tyler commented that she did not particularly like her first two novels, perhaps because "they seem so bland.

The "influence'' of fairy tales threads its way into the lives of most people who read them early; they have also provided Tyler with an allusive source, as evident particularly in Celestial Navigation and Morgan's Passing. Another of Tyler's book reviews considers two exceptionally important "influences," conditions that certainly begin in the early childhood years: daydreaming and inactivity. In Creativity: The Magic Synthesis, Silvano Arieti explores the creative process of the writer. In his argument, Tyler says, Arieti becomes "positively endearing"20 because he counts daydreaming as a necessary condition for the creative process.

He is criticized by Joan, who is resentful because the bond between James and Ansel interferes with her own relationship, and Page 25 by Maisie Hammond, a pale girl attracted to Ansel who accuses James of neglecting his brother.

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