Harrison Parker Tyler, better known as Parker Tyler (6 March 1904, New Orleans – June 1974, New York City), was an American author, poet, and film critic. Tyler had a relationship with underground filmmaker Charles Boultenhouse (1926-1994) from 1945 until his death. Their papers are held by the New York Public Library.
The Three Faces of the Film: the Art, the Dream, the Cult (New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1960)
Classics of the Foreign Film: A Pictorial Treasury (Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press, 1962)
Sex Psyche Etcetera in the Film (New York: Horizon Press, 1969)
Underground Film: A Critical History (New York: Grove Press, 1969)
The Shadow of an Airplane Climbs the Empire State Building (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1973)
He often wrote for the View, the Kenyon Review,Partisan Review,Evergreen Review, and the cineaste magazines Film Culture, and Film Quarterly. Some of his books are collections of his magazine work. He received a Longview Award for Poetry in 1958.
Tyler's books became popular—and some old titles reissued after being out-of-print for years—after Tyler was mentioned several times in the novel Myra Breckinridge (1968) by Gore Vidal.
Black Sparrow Press published his poetry, including a complete and corrected text of The Granite Butterfly, first published with Bern Porter, Berkeley, Calif., 1945, as:
The Will of Eros: Selected Poems 1930-1970 (Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1972)