The popular Tyler published her first novel in 1964 when she was 23. Her emphasis on family, on domestic comedy and tragedy, is unusual nowadays, says Evans almost wistfully, as if it is to be regretted that Tyler has not had a more tempestuous life. The biographical portion of Evans' book is indeed skimpier than most Twayne studies: Tyler was raised in North Carolina; went to Duke on a scholarship, where she majored in Russian but displayed a great talent for fiction writing; did some traveling; and got married. She settled in Baltimore where she raised two children and wrote steadily. She remains in Baltimore and continues to write steadily. With this--and no controversy whatever--established, Evans launches into her excellent consideration of Tyler's work: first the stories and nonfiction, then the extraordinary novels. (Tyler's novels most resemble the novels of Eudora Welty, Evans observes, noting also that the two writers admire each other's work.) Besides the utility of this study for term papers--Evans lists only two other books on Tyler--there should also be some popular appeal.