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Anne Tyler “. . .sit by my side and let the world slip. . .” Taming of the Shrew

Anne Tyler “. . .sit by my side and let the world slip. . .” Taming of the Shrew
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Anne Tyler
Ralph Heimans, born 1970
Anne Tyler, born 25 Oct 1941
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 55.9 × 45.1 cm (22 × 17 3/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Acquisition made possible through the generosity of David Kowitz
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© 2015, Ralph Heimans
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Born Minneapolis, Minnesota
Anne Tyler (born 1941) moved to Baltimore in the late 1960s, where much of her writing is set. Her novels often evoke the dislocations and misconnections of modern American life in a way that is affectionate and merciless at the same time. In a rare interview, she explained why she writes: “It seems to me often that I’m sort of looking from a window at something at a great distance and wondering what it is. But I’m not willing to actually go into it. I would rather sit behind the windowsill and write about it.”
Tyler’s vast body of work encompasses short stories and novels as well as literary criticism. In 1989, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Breathing Lessons (1988), and two of her other books were nominated for the prize. The Accidental Tourist (1985), which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film, remains her most popular.
Nacida en Mineápolis, Minesota
A fines de la década de 1960, Anne Tyler (nacida en 1941) se radicó en Baltimore, escenario de muchas de sus obras. Sus novelas suelen abordar las disrupciones y desconexiones de la vida estadounidense moderna de manera afectuosa y a la vez despiadada. En una de sus pocas entrevistas explicó por qué escribe: “A menudo me parece que estoy como mirando desde una ventana hacia algo que está muy distante, y me pregunto qué es. Pero realmente no quiero ir allá. Prefiero sentarme al borde de la ventana y escribir sobre ello”.
La vasta producción de Tyler abarca cuentos, novelas y crítica literaria. En 1989 ganó el Premio Pulitzer por su novela Ejercicios respiratorios (1988) y ha recibido nominaciones para dicho premio por otros dos libros. Su obra más popular es El turista accidental (1985), cuya versión fílmica fue nominada para el Oscar.
Ralph Heimans [b. 1970]; purchased NPG 2017
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