Tillie Olsen Discusses "I Stand Here Ironing

Tillie Olsen Discusses "I Stand Here Ironing

Streaming Video - 2006
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Can you imagine? That woman went on for pages just about ironing. Standing there ironing! said an unimaginative judge about Tillie Olsen's short story, submitted in a competition for a fellowship at Stanford University. Olsen credits that fellowship, which she won, as the catalyst that transformed her back into a professional writer after 20 years of motherhood. In this interview conducted by historian Peter Carroll, Tillie Olsen-known for her powerful writings about the inner lives of the working poor, women, and minorities-discusses her autobiographical "Help Her to Believe," serendipitously renamed "I Stand Here Ironing.


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