Olsen, Tillie

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Tillie Olsen was born in Nebraska in 1913 and has lived in San Francisco for most of her life. Her education was cut short by the Depression: she wrote and published when young, but the necessity of raising and supporting four children and full-time work prevented her from writing for twenty years. She was in her mid-forties before she began again. Tell Me A Riddle was originally published in 1962, and its title novella received the O. Henry Award as the best American story of 1961. In 1974, forty years after part of its chapter appeared in an early Partisan Review, her 'lost' novel, Yonnondio: From the Thirties, was published. Tillie Olsen has taught at Amherst College, Stanford University, was Writer-in-Residence at Massachustts Institute of Technology, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute. She has received both a Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Literature from the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Her first work of non-fiction, Silences, was published in 1979.

From the guide to the Olsen, Tillie. Papers, 1930-1990, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

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referencedIn George P. Garrett Papers, 1929-2008, (bulk 1960-2000) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Gordon Cairnie papers, 1922-1973. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency Records, 1940s-2003 and undated, (bulk 1978-1995) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn MacDowell Colony Records, 1869-1970, (bulk 1945-1968) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Radcliffe College Archives biography files, 1855-2007 Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Papers, 1831-1835, 1916-2002 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Edith Konecky Papers MS 716., 1957-2011 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Phyllis Chesler Papers, 1968-1990 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Records of, Sojourner, (inclusive), (bulk), 1920-2004, 1975-2002 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Associated Students of Stanford University, Speakers Bureau, audio-visual materials, 1981-1996 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Howe, Fanny. Papers, 1981-1995 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Olsen, Tillie. Papers, 1930-1990 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Bacon, Ernst. Papers, 1926-1990 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Charlotte Painter Papers, 1955-1992 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Papers, 1927-1999 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn White mss., 1932-1969 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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