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Elder James Olsen

Born: 1909 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: 1999 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Olsen was born in Chicago and received his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago.

Biography: Elder Olsen was a poet, playwright, and critic. He was a leading member of the Neo-Aristotelian (also called the critical pluralist, or Chicago) school of literary criticism that developed at the University of Chicago during the 1940s. He received bachelorís, masterís, and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago and taught at the Armour (later Illinois) Institute of Technology from 1935 to 1942. In 1942 he returned to the University of Chicago to teach, and he remained a member of the faculty there until his retirement in 1977.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Elder James Olsen on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Olson's penny arcade :
ISBN: 0226628930 OCLC: 1230599

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 1975.

ISBN: 9781406791716 OCLC: 402487845

[Lighting Source], [La Vergne, Tenn.] : [2009]