Toby Olson

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Toby Olson (born 1937 Chicago) is an American novelist and winner of the 1983 PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction. [1]



Through high school and his four years in the Navy as a surgical technician, he lived in California, Arizona, and Texas.

He graduated from Occidental College and Long Island University.

He co-founded and taught at the Aspen Writers' Workshop, and at Long Island University and The New School For Social Research, and since 1975 Temple University.

Recently, he has collaborated with composer Paul Epstein, including chamber music, songs, a short story set for voice and piano, and two chamber operas, Dorit, and Chihuahua. Both operas were performed by the Temple University Opera Theater.

He lives in Philadelphia and North Truro, on Cape Cod.





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  1. McDowell, Edwin (1983-05-22). "'SEAVIEW' AUTHOR WINS PEN/FAULKNER AWARD". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2022-12-19.
  2. "Toby Olson - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2009-07-02.