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Tillie Olsen, Author of Tell Me a Riddle | LiteraryLadiesGuide

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

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A Room of One’s Own and Time to Think

This posting from Literary Ladies is about Virginia Woolf, but I find myself thinking about Tillie Olsen. I think they were from the same era–perhaps Olsen was a little younger. But of very different economic classes. I don’t think that

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The not-so-hidden injuries of class: A Poem, on the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant-Maid 

I ran across this while looking for something else. The language is so delightfully fresh and arch. Elizabeth Hands–died in 1815, and although the Poetry Foundation does not date the poem, her book was published in 1789–so who knows? Perhaps

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My Year of Proust

It’s not the only thing I’m reading in 2016 (see above about Lily King’s Euphoria) but I decided that after a lifetime of hearing about Proust and having never read a word of Remembrance of Things Past, I would at least give

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My story “Cork” in the Spring 2015 issue of Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction

Cork | Circa.

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The plight of the overworked writer. Charlotte Bronte: Hands Full | Lapham’s Quarterly

Hands Full | Lapham’s Quarterly.

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Beautiful: Watch the doodle. Langston Hughes: Poet who wrote I Dream A World given Google doodle The Independent

Langston Hughes: This is why poet who wrote I Dream A World has been given a Google doodle – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent.

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Great to think that I’m making history by staying home and drinking hot chocolate.

Historic snow storms in the Globe – Metro – The Boston Globe.

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I’ve read a number of these but never even heard of some of them!

The 10 best Christmases in literature | Books | The Guardian.

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More controversial than expected: Boston’s Literary Legacy, Mapped and Apped – The Baffler

Boston’s Literary Legacy, Mapped and Apped – The Baffler.

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