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Silences

Olsen, Tillie

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ISBN 10: 0440079004 / ISBN 13: 9780440079002
Published by Delacorte Press, New York, 1978
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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Third printing. Signed in the upper corner of the inside front board, in handwriting so small that a magnifying glass is needed to read it, "Against unnatural silence / Best, dear reader / Tillie Olsen." Bound in orange cloth-covered boards with gold lettering on the spine. Book is unmarked; spine slightly cocked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is price-clipped; edgewear; discoloration to back panel; Brodart-protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007514

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Title: Silences

Publisher: Delacorte Press, New York

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

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A study of the crucial relationship between circumstances - of sex, economic class, colour, the times and climate into which one is born - and creativity. The book draws on the lives, letters, diaries and testimonies of writers such as Melville, Hardy, Blake and Rimbaud. Tillie Olsen focuses on the financial and cultural pressures which obstructed, or silenced, their work. She then turns to those who have lost most: women writers, their energies deflected into domesticity and motherhood; black American writers, only 11 of whom published more than two novels from 1850-1950.

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Activist and author Tillie Olsen is best known for her prize-winning fiction Tell Me a Riddle and Yonnondio: From the Thirties. She taught at MIT, Stanford, and Amherst. Olsen is an recipient of an Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Literature from the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

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