Quotations From TILLIE OLSEN

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  • 1.
    ... like a woman made frigid, I had to learn response, to trust this possibility for fruition that had not been before.
    Tillie Olsen (b. 1912), U.S. essayist and story writer. Silences, part 1 (1978). Written in 1962, on trying to compose fiction after many years of being "silenced" by the demands of raising four children, keeping house, and holding a full-time job.

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  • 2.
    Women have the right to say: this is surface, this falsifies reality, this degrades.
    Tillie Olsen (b. 1912), U.S. essayist and story writer. Silences, part 1 (1978). Written in 1971, on being critical of writing that depicts women stereotypically or inaccurately.

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