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Tillie Olsen, one of the leading lights of the twentieth-century feminist movement in the USA, prided herself on being a proletarian writer. She published very few books: a short-story volume, a novel, a book of essays, jottings and quotations about the silencing of writers, and an anthology on mothers and daughters. It is unusual for such a slim output to have such a profound effect on a generation of readers. Tillie Olsen was prolific, though, in poetry and political (pro-Communist) journalism and speeches during the 1930s and much later in essays and lectures, many of them about forgotten women writers.
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14 January 1912 Tybile Lerner (later TO) was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the second child in a family of six. Bibliographic Citation link.
Late February 1974 Yonnondio: From the Thirties, TO's first and only novel, was published, though incomplete. Having worked on it during the 1930s and abandoned it, she was able to recover it in a somewhat fragmentary form. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 April 1974 To mark the publication of TO's Yonnondio, Lola Sladitz mounted an exhibition of manuscripts at the Berg Collection in the New York Public Library. Bibliographic Citation link.
New Year's Day 2007 TO died in residential care. Bibliographic Citation link.
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