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Olsen, Tillie

Overview
Works: 214 works in 591 publications in 6 languages and 23,094 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Domestic fiction  Feminist fiction  History  Quotations  Educational films  Internet videos  Pictorial works  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Annotator
Classifications: PS3565.L82, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Tillie Olsen
Tell me a riddle by Tillie Olsen( Book )

99 editions published between 1956 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 2,762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of four stories, "I Stand Here Ironing," "Hey Sailor, What Ship?," "O Yes," and "Tell Me a Riddle," has become an American classic. Since the title novella won the First Prize O. Henry Award in 1961, the stories have become staples in literature classes. They have been anthologized over a hundred times, made into three films, translated into thirteen languages, and - most important - once read, they live forever in the hearts of their readers
Silences by Tillie Olsen( Book )

77 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Silences, Tillie Olsen ... confronts ... the crucial relationship between circumstances--class, color, sex, the times and climate into which one is born--and the creation of written literature. These essays ... explore the problems of literary 'silences' in the careers of both the acknowledged great and those who ceased to write ... Tillie Olsen focuses on the silences that are most immediate to her own experience: how a negative literary climate, childbearing and rearing shape a woman's writing life"--Cover
Yonnondio from the thirties by Tillie Olsen( Book )

48 editions published between 1974 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yonnondio follows the heartbreaking path of the Holbrook family in the late 1920s and the Great Depression as they move from the coal mines of Wyoming to a tenant farm in Western Nebraska, ending up finally on the killing floors of the slaughterhouses and in the wretched neighborhoods of the poor in Omaha, Nebraska. Mazie, the oldest daughter in the growing family of Jim and Anna Holbrook, tells the story of the family's desire for a better life--Anna's dream that her children be educated and Jim's wish for a life lived out in the open, away from the darkness and danger of the mines. At every turn in their journey, however, their dreams are frustrated, and the family is jeopardized by cruel and indifferent systems."--Publisher's description on back cover
Life in the iron mills, or, The korl woman by Rebecca Harding Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mother to daughter, daughter to mother, mothers on mothering : a daybook and reader( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mothers & daughters : that special quality : an exploration in photographs by Tillie Olsen( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in the iron mills, and other stories by Rebecca Harding Davis( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1993 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tillie Olsen discusses "I stand here ironing( Visual )

4 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Can you imagine? That woman went on for pages just about ironing. Standing there ironing!" said an unimaginative judge about Tillie Olsen's short story, submitted in a competition for a fellowship at Stanford University. Olsen credits that fellowship, which she won, as the catalyst that transformed her back into a professional writer after 20 years of motherhood. In this interview conducted by historian Peter Carroll, Tillie Olsen--known for her powerful writings about the inner lives of the working poor, women, and minorities--discusses her autobiographical "Help Her to Believe," serendipitously renamed "I Stand Here Ironing."
The riddle of life and death( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On the surface, these two stories have little in common, but thematically each dares to ask questions: What is the meaning of life? Was my life of value? Why am I dying? Ultimately, Olsen and Tolstoy consider questions about pain, suffering, and inequalities of fate and one's life work."--Jacket
Tillie Olsen : a heart in action( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of "Tillie Lerner Olsen: a renegade, revolutionary, distinguished fiction and non-fiction writer, feminist, humanist, labor organizer and social activist. Politically active, class conscious, deeply joined to the world, Tillie countered the very core of American writing by immortalizing the lives of working class women and single mothers ... Extended interviews with Olsen during the last years of her life are deftly interspersed with footage from her readings, lectures and book signings as well as with archive materials and comments from notable feminists"--Http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c723.shtml
Tell me a riddle ; & Yonnondio by Tillie Olsen( Book )

18 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tillie Olsen carved a permanent place in American literature on the strength of a single book, TELL ME A RIDDLE in 1962. This collection was widely hailed as a work of genius, in which the voices of ordinary Americans, black and white, male and female, were given their own rhythms and forms of expression. YONNONDIO, Olsen's only novel, was begun during the depression and completed in 1974. It tells the story of the Hollbrooks, an itinerant working-class family in middle-America during the thirties. Brutalised by poverty, they struggle to find a space to breathe, to dream and to create a bettter life for their children. Told in compelling, haunting prose, it is a profound and timeless story of the human will to survive
Tillie Olsen reads "I stand here ironing" (short story), and excerpts from Yonnondio and "Oh yes." by Tillie Olsen( Recording )

2 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following introductory comments on the author's life and work, Tillie Olsen reads her short story I stand here ironing, as well as excerpts from her novel Yonnondio and from her short story O yes
A tale of two cities : and related readings by Charles Dickens( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Spanish and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tillie Olsen reads selections by Tillie Olsen( Recording )

2 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives background on Tillie Olsen's life and education and accomplishments. She reads 'I stand here ironing' whole from 'Tell me a riddle' plus selections from other stories there and selections from 'Yonnondio'
Yonnondio : Roman by Tillie Olsen( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1982 in German and Undetermined and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tillie Olsen reading selections by Tillie Olsen( Recording )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following introductory comments on the author's life and work, Tillie Olsen reads her short story I stand here ironing, as well as excerpts from her novel Yonnondio and from her short story O yes
Fammi un indovinello by Tillie Olsen( Book )

3 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in Italian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She is stiring [i.e. stirring] in the night by Tillie Olsen( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tillie Olsen: I Stand Here Ironing( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This moving dramatization of Tillie Olsen's frequently anthologized "I Stand Here Ironing" is an unvarnished exploration of an impoverished single mother's ambivalence toward her worth as a parent and her 19-year-old daughter's future. Rich in subtext, the highly metaphorical story-penned in a stark and dramatic fashion devoid of cliche and sentimentality-raises important questions about individual identity, the role of women in society, the effects of poverty and abandonment on children, the nature of intimacy, and the life experiences of the author herself. Without climax or easy answers, the story concludes on a hopeful, or at least prayerful, note
Tell me a riddle, Requa I, and other works by Tillie Olsen( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of works, both fictional and non-fictional, gathered together here for the first time --
 
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Tell me a riddle
Alternative Names
Lerner Olsen, Tillie 1912-2007

Lerner, Tillie.

Lerner Tillie 1912-2007

Olsen, Tillie Lerner

Olson, Tillie

Olson, Tillie 1912-2007‏

Tillie Olsen Amerikaans auteur

Tillie Olsen écrivain américaine

Tillie Olsen pisarka amerykańska

Tillie Olsen scrittrice statunitense

Tillie Olsen US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Тилли Олсен

టిల్లీ అల్సెన్

蒂莉·奧爾森

Languages
English (359)

German (5)

French (3)

Danish (3)

Italian (3)

Spanish (1)

Covers
SilencesYonnondio from the thirtiesMother to daughter, daughter to mother, mothers on mothering : a daybook and readerMothers & daughters : that special quality : an exploration in photographsLife in the iron mills, and other storiesThe riddle of life and deathTell me a riddle ; & Yonnondio