Tillie Olsen

January 14, 1912 - January 1, 2007

The writings of Tillie Olsen have been such a part of the feminist canon that it seemed she would live forever. In a letter to Lilith many years ago, we were struck by the excruciating modesty of her penmanship, as well as of her thoughts. Her signature was minuscule, and then she wrote it once again, larger, so that we could see who’d written the letter, much as one would type one’s name below a penned signature. Here is part of what her family sent out to celebrate her life and work:

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