Individual Author Record
Name: Elder James OlsenPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Poetry Born: 1909 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionOlsen was born in Chicago and received his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationElder 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 bachelor’s, master’s, 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.
*''The Cock of Heaven'', Macmillan, 1940*''The Poetry of Dylan Thomas '', University of Chicago, 1954*''Plays & Poems, 1948-58 '', University of Chicago, 1958*''Tragedy and the Theory of Drama'', Wayne State, 1972*''Olson's Penny Arcade: Poems'', University of Chicago, 1975