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Breathing Lessons Essay & Criticism

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Critical Overview

It wasn't until after her fifth novel and Gail Godwin and John Updike wrote positive reviews of her work that Tyler garnered critical and commercial attention. Since then, she has attracted a large following. While Tyler is considered an excellent writer and novelist, her work does not fit with current academic interest and her long-term reputation is uncertain.

Breathing Lessons received the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. Initial reviews of the novels derided the comparison of Maggie to Lucy, the character portrayed by Lucille Ball on / Love Lucy. Critics felt that the comparison with television's favorite comedic character was not appropriate in a work of complex literature. Another focus of early reviews was the many digressions from the main movement of the story.

Many critics fail to move beyond the subject matter of Tyler's novels. They have difficulty getting past the fact that Tyler writes about domesticity However, many critics...

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