Since I posted yesterday about Virginia Woolf and how A Room of One’s Own made me think of Tillie Olsen’s Silences, I wanted to post Olsen’s biography from the Literary Ladies site today. I remember being moved by Olsen’s Tell Me a Riddle and other works in the 1970s. I wonder if her difficult personality is part of the reason she seems little remembered today? On the other hand, I think of how frustrating it must have been to be a woman of intelligence and talent who felt required to do work that would provide income for her family in the short-term. I wonder too about her activism. Surely it was admirable that she devoted herself to working for better working conditions and circumstances for others, but could she have funneled part of that time and energy into her own writing?