A century after her birth, Tillie Olsen's award-winning writings
are newly available in an expanded collection:
University of Nebraska Press - Bison Books
Paperback 973-0-8032-4577-8 - $17.95
Or your local Independent Bookstore.
Tell Me a Riddle exists in the realm in which craftsmanship is transformed
into mystery, and criticism comes close to irrelevance.
- Award-winning stories from the Tell Me a Riddle Collection: "Oh Yes," "I Stand Here Ironing," "Hey Sailor, What Ship," and the novella "Tell Me a Riddle."
- The powerful, poignant, "lost" story "Requa I" last seen in Best American Short Stories 1971.
- Three short journalistic pieces from the 1930s about the struggle for economic justice, each one particularly relevant today.
- Personal, generational context provided by daughter Laurie Olsen (Foreword) and granddaughter, poet Rebekah Edwards (Introduction).
Granville Hicks - Saturday Review of Literature
Tillie... invented a literary tradition of her own...every line is
measured, compressed, resonant, stripped bare, so that paragraph after
paragraph achieves the shocking brevity and power of the best poems.
Out of poverty and hardship (Olsen) reveals with compassion, depth, and a passionate economy of language a working-class America that few writers have known or realized existed.