Tillie Olsen

Tillie Olsen is the highly praised author of Tell Me a Riddle, Silences, and Yonnondio. She was born in 1912 (some sources say 1913) and raised in the Russian Jewish and Socialist community of Omaha, Nebraska. She began writing in the 1930s, but her literary pursuits were stalled by the demands of raising and supporting four children. Olsen is regarded as an important literary voice on the experiences of workers and women.