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Birthplace of writer Tillie Olsen Mead, NE
United States

Tillie Lerner Olsen was born in Mead or Wahoo, Nebraska, in 1912 or 1913 (the most often used birthday is January 14, 1913). She was the daughter of Samuel and Ida (Goldberg) Lerner, from Odessa and Minsk, and had five siblings, Jan, Harry, Lillian, Eugene, and Vicki.

Author of the American classic "Tell Me a Riddle," Olsen acknowledges that some of her writing is autobiographical, much of it deriving from her early life in Omaha. Nevertheless, her work addresses deep universal issues of gender, class, religious identity, and social consciousness.


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