Jan 11 2007
Tillie Olsen died today, just two weeks shy of her 95th birthday. A longtime San Francisco resident, Olsen is best known to readers for her first published work, the much-anthologized short story, "I Stand Here Ironing". The story won the O’Henry Award for best short fiction in 1961. Olsen was also one of the founders of the Feminist Press in 1970 and remained a consultant up until the time of her death. She was an outspoken political and union activist, and taught for many years at such universities as Stanford and MIT.
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