While many of her characters have been described as quirky or eccentric, she has managed to make them seem real through skillfully fleshing out their inner lives in great depth. Tyler celebrates unremarkable Americans and the ordinary details of their everyday lives. Her father, Lloyd Parry Tyler, was an no place for you my love eudora welty pdf chemist and her mother, Phyllis Mahon Tyler, a social worker.
Both her parents were Quakers who were very active with social causes in the Midwest and the South. Her family lived in a succession of Quaker communities in the South until they settled in 1948 in a Quaker commune in Celo, in the mountains of North Carolina near Burnsville. Hicksite branch of the Society of Friends, with community labor needs shared by the residents. Tyler lived there from age 7 through 11 and helped her parents and others with caring for livestock and organic farming. While she did not attend formal public school in Celo, lessons were taught in art, carpentry, and cooking in homes and in other subjects in a tiny school house. Her early informal training was supplemented by correspondence school.
Her first memory of her own creative story-telling was of crawling under the bed covers at age 3 and “telling myself stories in order to get to sleep at night. Her first book at age 7 was a collection of drawings and stories about “lucky girlswho got to go west in covered wagons. Tyler acknowledges that this book, which she read many times during this period of limited access to books, had a profound influence on her, showing “how the years flowed by, people altered, and nothing could ever stay the same. 22 times as a child. NC, 11-year-old Anne had never attended public school and never used a telephone. This unorthodox upbringing enabled her to view “the normal world with a certain amount of distance and surprise. It also meant that Tyler felt herself to be an outsider in the public schools she attended in Raleigh, a feeling that has followed her most of her life.