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Olson, Toby

Overview
Works: 108 works in 210 publications in 3 languages and 5,335 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Printer, Editor
Classifications: PS3565.L84, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Toby Olson
 
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Seaview : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )
16 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three men and two women travel across America from the West coast to the East coast. Each one has a personal drama unfolding as they make their way to individual destinations. Terminal cancer and golf hustling are ahead for one couple; American Indian rights are another's agenda while a drug-pusher and his girlfriend stalk the golf hustler for an old debt
Utah : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )
8 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At sea by Toby Olson( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When obsession threatens to consume a man, death can be a relief. Or it can be the beginning of an even more disturbing journey. In At Sea, Toby Olson once again explores a darker side of love and relationship, this time through the difficulties of characters in a Cape Cod town, where lifestyles mix, and sexual jealousy provokes deadly passions. The result is a complex mystery involving family secrets, brutal assault and death. It is Peter Blue, an undercover narcotics agent in Provincetown, who finds himself at sea. Troubled in his marriage to Sara, drawn to the rape victim, Beth Charters, Peter is torn in his affections. When he takes part in a drug bust that results in the death of a local fisherman, Peter's motives become suspect. When many in the town turn against him, he is put on temporary suspension. Peter leaves Provincetown for safe haven, but when he returns he finds that everything he'd counted on has come apart. A brutal murder raises more questions, creates more doubts. Peter is rescued from a drunken binge by Charlie Glen, the piano player at a local bar; together they set out to unravel the mystery that has developed, one which goes well beyond the recent murder. Their investigations lead them into the past, the underlife of the town's gay bars, out into the dunes of the National Seashore, even to the sea itself. In the end it is as much their own lives that are understood as those of the criminals they've pursued. As in all of Olson's fiction, including the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning Seaview and his most recent Dorit in Lesbos, At Sea explores issues of memory, coercion and sexual ambivalence. But here setting too becomes character, the delicate structures of Provincetown's culture and the natural world that surrounds it serving as a backdrop for the fragile and complex emotions of Peter Blue and those whose lives he touches. At Sea is at once mystery and psychological novel, yet written with the same stylistic elegance, the same care for detail that has become Olson's hallmark. At Sea takes its place with Toby Olson's five previous novels, a body of work that is unique in contemporary American fiction
The woman who escaped from shame : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )
8 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in French and English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Trois Américains, en vacances au Mexique, écoutent une étrange histoire racontée par l'un entre d'eux : Paul Corbs, un représentant de commerce, est appelé dans un haras mexicain et constate que les chevaux sont entraînés pour participer à des films pornographiques. Une nuit, il libère une jeune jument et s'enfuit... Un roman d'aventures, une histoire d'amour, un mythe et un récit initiatique
Write letter to Billy : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A retired Navy underwater repair specialist investigates a mysterious list his father had written just before his death. Some of the items are crossed off, but one of the unfinished tasks haunts him: "Write letter to Billy." What had his father planned to tell him? What he learns changes his life forever."--Jacket
The life of Jesus by Toby Olson( Book )
10 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in English and Spanish and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Writing talks : views on teaching writing from across the professions ( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
We are the fire : a selection of poems by Toby Olson( Book )
4 editions published in 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dorit in Lesbos by Toby Olson( Book )
4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tampico : a novel by Toby Olson( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
FOUR OLD MEN HAVE BEEN WAREHOUSED AT "THE MANOR", A LONG-ERODED HOME FOR THE FORGOTTEN
Unfinished building : poems by Toby Olson( Book )
7 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Human nature : poems by Toby Olson( Book )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Human Nature is the first book of new poems by the poet and novelist Toby Olson since We Are the Fire (New Directions, 1984). The intervening years saw five of his novels published to strong critical acclaim. "But," says Olson, "one day I woke from fiction to discover I'd not written a poem in close to ten years. How to return to poetry after being away from it so long?" Certainly not in repetition of things done before. In Human Nature, Olson joins the novelist's art to the poet's through remembrances of friends and events in times gone by."--BOOK JACKET
On edge by Relâche (Musical group)( )
2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The bitter half by Toby Olson( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The blond box by Toby Olson( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Home by Toby Olson( Book )
3 editions published between 1972 and 1976 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Changing appearance : poems, 1965-1970 by Toby Olson( Book )
3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Worms into nails : poems by Toby Olson( Book )
1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Aesthetics by Toby Olson( Book )
2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Florence poems by Toby Olson( Book )
3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Olson, Merle Theodore.
Languages
English (98)
French (5)
Spanish (3)
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