Very Good / Very Good. Item #5709
New York: Delacorte Press, 1978. Stated First Delacorte Edition. Signed by the author's nephew, Cory L. Richards with presentation inscription "For Dierdre, Aunt Tillie would want you to have this. Love, Cory. 1983." Additional lengthy handwritten letter from Richards laid in.
Octavo; 116pp. Printed blue dust jacket with $8.95 price intact; book in dark blue cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering. Jacket shows a couple small tears at bottom edge near spine with a light adjacent crease, along with a few smudges to surface. Boards are sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Hardcover collection of four short stories by the essayist, activist, and teacher, who was a formative influence on second wave feminism. First published by Dell in 1961. All four stories appeared in Best American Short Stories, with the title piece winning the O'Henry prize and adapted into a 1980 film directed by Lee Grant.
Olsen's nephew Cory L. Richards was an activist for abortion and birth control rights who worked for the Guttmacher institute first as a policy analyst and finally as executive vice president. In the letter he writes that the title story "is a (somewhat ficitonalized, of course) portrait of my grandparents." He also apparently sent along Olsen's book Silences, but asks that it be returned with no rush.