Olsen, Tillie 1913–
Olsen is a prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. (See also CLC, Vol. 4, and Contemporary Authors, Vols. 1-4, rev. ed.)
In [Yonnondio,] a mercifully brief, emotionally charged narrative incorporating all imaginable horrors experienced by a destitute, ill, and starving family during the Depression in the early thirties, [Tillie Olsen] forcefully portrays their plight, not sparing the reader intrepid enough to endure so brutal an account of so much gloom and despair. Here is art of a kind for those who take vicarious delight in the contemplation of absolute human degradation. (p. cxx)
Virginia Quarterly Review (copyright, 1974, by the Virginia Quarterly Review, The University of Virginia), Vol. 50, No. 4 (Autumn, 1974).