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Toby Olson

Interview with Toby Olson



Toby Olson, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel Seaview, has published eight works of fiction-including The Life of Jesus, The Woman Who Escaped from Shame, Utah, Dorit in Lesbos, At Sea, and Write Letter to Billy-and many volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is Human Nature (New Directions, 2000). He lives with his wife, Miriam, in Philadelphia and in North Truro on Cape Cod.


"Of all the writers of his postmod generation, Toby Olson is the most forgiving. Even when writing of the most mundane acts-performing in a backwoods porn show, for example, or inaugurating an outhouse-he grants all his characters the full wonder and mystery of their lives, and strokes language as a lover might the flesh of his beloved. " —Robert Coover