Tell Me a Riddle

"Tell Me a Riddle" is a short story by Tillie Olsen. It was originally published in 1960 in Issue 16 of the periodical anthology New World Writing. It was subsequently published in 1961 as the title story of a collection of four Olsen short stories.

"Tell Me a Riddle"
AuthorTillie Olsen
CountryUnited States
Published inNew World Writing No. 16
Publication typeperiodical anthology
PublisherJ. B. Lippincott & Co.
Publication date1960
Tell Me a Riddle
AuthorTillie Olsen
CountryUnited States
GenreShort story collection
PublisherDell Publishing
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)


The short story "Tell Me a Riddle" has been called "a powerful study of the politics of voice",[1] "an American Classic",[2] and described as "beautifully crafted and painfully real in the issues of family that it raises".[3] It received the 1961 O. Henry Award.[4]


Tell Me a Riddle, a film based on the short story collection, was released in 1980.[5]


  1. "Tillie Olsen's "Tell Me a Riddle": The Dialectics of Silence". Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. University of Nebraska Press. 15 (2): 1–22. 1994. JSTOR 3346759.
  2. Oliver B. Pollak. "TILLIE OLSEN". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  3. Janice Willms (June 14, 2004). "Tell Me a Riddle". NYU Langone Medical Center. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  4. "The O. Henry Prize Stories Past Winners List". Random House LLC. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  5. "Tell Me a Riddle (1980)". Fandango Media. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
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