People of the Book 101: Tillie Olsen

Tillie Olsen was born on January 14, 1912 and died on January 1, 2007. To honor the 100th anniversary of her birth and her fifth yortsayt, we continue our “People of the Book 101” series with this portrait. by Jules Chametzky Leo Marx brought Tillie to Amherst College for a year’s visiting lectureship in 1969, […]

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January 14: Tillie Olsen

Tillie Olsen, the author of Tell Me a Riddle (1961), was born in Nebraska on this date in 1912. Olsen’s parents were radical Jewish refugees from the failed 1905 revolution in Russia. Olsen became a left-wing union organizer, and while she was in jail for her political activities she landed a contract from Random House […]

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