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Based on diaries, letters, manuscripts, private documents, resurrected public records, and ountless interviews, Reid's artfully crafted biography untangles some of the puzzling knots of the last century's triumphs and failures and speaks truth to legend, correcting fabrications and myths about and also by Tillie Olsen.

Panthea Reid's quest for the truth about the courageous, egotistical, generous, maddening, and difficult Tillie Olsen is downright heroic. Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles is biography at its fascinating best. Valerie Martin author of The Confessions of Edward Day). Reid concludes her book with a sense of conflicted loss.

Home Browse Books Book details, Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles. Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles. In her classic short story "I Stand Here Ironing" and her groundbreaking Tell Me a Riddle, Yonnondido, and Silences, Olsen scripted powerful, moving prose about ordinary people's lives, exposing the pervasive effects of sexism, racism, and classism and elevating motherhood and women's creativity into topics of study. Popularly referred to as "Saint Tillie," Olsen was hailed by many as the mother of modern feminism.

From 1962 on, she sojourned In Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles, Panthea Reid examines the complex life of this iconic feminist hero and twentieth-century literary giant. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Tillie Olsen spent her young adulthood there, in Kansas City, and in Faribault, Minnesota. She relocated to California in 1933 and lived most of her life in San Francisco.

hero and twentieth-century literary giant.

In Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles, Panthea Reid examines the complex life of this iconic feminist hero and twentieth-century literary giant. From 1962 on, she sojourned frequently in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Santa Cruz, and Soquel, California. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Tillie Olsen spent her young adulthood there, in Kansas City, and in Faribault, Minnesota.

Book Description: InTillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles, Panthea Reid examines the complex life of this iconic feminist hero and twentieth-century literary giant.

Rutgers University Press, 2010 Since Reid is not addressing a specifically Jewish audience, Olsen’s relationship to Jewish identity must be inferred from her preferred emphasis o. .

Rutgers University Press, 2010. Since Reid is not addressing a specifically Jewish audience, Olsen’s relationship to Jewish identity must be inferred from her preferred emphasis on universal social justice, although Olsen’s occasional delight in her acceptance in Jewish quarters is noted. Even if some readers resent Reid’s unvarnished honesty, students of Olsen’s work will find this a valuable guide to the autobiographical roots of Olsen’s fiction. Appendices, index, notes, photographs.

In ""Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles"", Panthea Reid examines the complex life of this iconic feminist hero and twentieth-century literary giant.

In Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles, Panthea Reid examines the complex life of this iconic feminist hero and twentieth-century literary giant.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Tillie Olsen spent her young adulthood there, in Kansas City, and in Faribault, Minnesota. She relocated to California in 1933 and lived most of her life in San Francisco. From 1962 on, she sojourned frequently in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Santa Cruz, and Soquel, California. She was a 1920s "hell-cat"; a 1930s revolutionary; an early 1940s crusader for equal pay for equal work and a war-relief patriot; an ex-GI's ideal wife in the later 1940s; a victim of FBI surveillance in the 1950s;a civil rights and antiwar advocate during the 1960s and 1970s; and a life-long orator for universal human rights.

The enigma of Tillie Olsen is intertwined with that of the twentieth century. From the rebellions in Czarist Russia, through the terrors of the Depression and the hopes of the New Deal, to World War II, the Nuremberg Trials, and the United Nations' founding, to the cold war and House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, to later progressive and repressive movements, the story of Olsen's life brings remote events into focus.

In her classic short story "I Stand Here Ironing" and her groundbreaking Tell Me a Riddle, Yonnondido, and Silences, Olsen scripted powerful, moving prose about ordinary people's lives, exposing the pervasive effects of sexism, racism, and classism and elevating motherhood and women's creativity into topics of study. Popularly referred to as "Saint Tillie," Olsen was hailed by many as the mother of modern feminism.

Based on diaries, letters, manuscripts, private documents, resurrected public records, and countless interviews, Reid's artfully crafted biography untangles some of the puzzling knots of the last century's triumphs and failures and speaks truth to legend, correcting fabrications and myths about and also by Tillie Olsen.


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Arryar
very well researched
elektron
Panthea Reid performed extraordinary feats of research and detection to write her life of feminist writer Tillie Olsen, but she could have stopped at the corner store to pick up half a pint of compassion. As it stands, we have a gigantic book in which the ostensible subject gets her hands slapped on every page. In fact I took a sample at random (from the chapter "Queen Bee") and found Olsen trapped in another lie in every paragraph for ten pages, a streak broken only by a paragraph that discussed her love of being admired and idolized.

It is a curious case, but Reid does not make it easy to understand Olsen by any means, and I would think this should be one of the principal aims of biography. How is it that Olsen was able to write so beautifully at different times in her life, but only for short stints? What caused the annus mirabilis during which she wrote most of all of her famous short story collection TELL ME A RIDDLE? You won't find the answers here, but you'll find Olsen exhibiting every bad behavior known to mankind at one time or another--most often, lying, like Truman Capote, about the status of one or another long-awaited work.

Olsen benefitted from the women's liberation movement, but Reid (also a beneficiary) castigates contemporary scholars and critics for over-praising Olsen, because once the praise went to her head she could be outrageously vain. There's one funny story after another about Olsen refusing to surrender the spotlight to another. At a speech by Helen Caldicott at Grace Cathedral, Alice Walker was drafted to introduce Olsen, which she did pithily and well, and Olsen was supposed to introduce Caldicott, but she never did, preferring instead to please her fans by dominating the pulpit and recalling her own memories of the atom bomb and then dragging out her most famous story, "I Stand Here Ironing," until the appalled organizers finally had to drag her away. She wrote "Silences," but she was never herself silent and always squawking about her dignity to prevent others from seeing that the emperor had no clothes. She made a practice of appalling Alice Walker with racist comments and gifts, until Walker stopped speaking to her during a trying women's tour of China. Reid can be droll about all of this, but in effect her method makes the life of Tillie Olsen seem like one long, long episode of MAUDE with Bea Arthur, only with a bad taste in her mouth. Plainly Olsen disgusts her on a micro-level as well as a macro-level, and I wonder if all of Reid's biographies are this one-sided and contemptuous.

But I give the book four stars for its research, as well as its focus and its incredible wealth of Olsen stories. (Though I wonder what happened to Jessica Mitford, who isn't even a name in the index. Wasn't she supposed to be a friend of Olsen's? A Reid kind of friend, a friend who told everyone that Tillie Olsen had never ironed in her life.) Speaking of which, I didn't know until this book that Olsen's fans all over the world made a practice of sending her miniature irons in homage to her writing. And oh, how Olsen loved those "tiny irons" and how she loved that applause!
Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: Panthea Reid
ISBN: 0813546370
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Rutgers University Press; First Edition edition (December 10, 2009)
Pages: 484 pages