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Joyce Carol Oates

USA (1938 - )

aka Lauren Kelly, Rosamond Smith

Award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 and grew up in upstate New York.While a scholarship student at Syracuse University, she won the coveted Mademoiselle fiction contest. She graduated as valedictorian, then earned an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin.In 1968, she began teaching at the University of Windsor.In 1978, she moved to New Jersey to teach creative writing at Princeton University, where she is now the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities.

A prolific writer, Joyce Carol Oates has produced some of the most controversial, and lasting, fiction of our time.Her novel, them, set in racially volatile 1960s Detroit, won the 1970 National Book Award. Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart focused on an interracial teenage romance. Black Water, a narrative based on the Kennedy-Chappaquiddick scandal, garnered a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and her national bestseller Blonde, an epic work on American icon Marilyn Monroe, became a National Book Award Finalist. Although Joyce Carol Oates has called herself, "a serious writer, as distinct from entertainers or propagandists," her novels have enthralled a wide audience, and We Were the Mulvaneys earned the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list.
Garden of Earthly Delights
1. A Garden of Earthly Delights (1966)
2. Expensive People (1968)
3. Them (1969)

By the North Gate (1963)
Upon the Sweeping Flood: And Other Stories (1966)
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Stories of Young America (1966)
Anonymous Sins: And Other Poems (poems) (1969)
Cupid and Psyche (1970)
Love and Its Derangements (poems) (1970)
The Wheel of Love (1970)
Wild Saturday: And Other Stories (1970)
Marriages and Infidelities (1972)
Angel Fire (poems) (1973)
The Goddess and Other Women (1974)
The Hungry Ghosts: Seven Allusive Comedies (1974)
The Poisoned Kiss: And Other Stories from the Portuguese (1975) (with Fernandes)
The Seduction: And Other Stories (1975)
The Fabulous Beasts (poems) (1975)
Crossing the Border: Fifteen Tales (1976)
Night-Side: 18 Tales (1977)
Women Whose Lives Are Food, Men Whose Lives Are Money: Poems (poems) (1978)
All the Good People I've Left Behind (1979)
Three Plays (1980)
A Sentimental Education (1981)
Invisible Woman (poems) (1982)
Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984)
Last Days (1984)
Raven's Wing (1986)
The Time Traveler: Poems (poems) (1987)
The Assignation (1988)
Demon: And other tales (1991)
Oates in Exile (1991)
Heat: And Other Stories (1991)
Twelve Plays (1991)
Where Is Here?: Stories (1992)
Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque (1994)
Deadly Sins (1994) (with Antonia S Byatt, Mary Gordon, Richard Howard, Thomas Pynchon, William Trevor, John Updike and Gore Vidal)
Will You Always Love Me?: And Other Stories (1994)
The Perfectionist: And Other Plays (1995)
The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque (1996)
Tenderness: Poems (poems) (1996)
New Plays (1998)
Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going: Essays, Reviews, and Prose (1999)
Faithless: Tales of Transgression (2001)
Small Avalanches: And Other Stories (2003)
I Am No One You Know: Stories (2004)
The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery And Suspense (2006)
High Lonesome: Stories 1966-2006 (2006)
Poolside (2007) (with Alice Adams, Amy Bloom, John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway, A M Homes, Andrea Lee, Edna O'Brien, Julie Orringer, James Purdy, Graham Swift, John Updike, David Foster Wallace and Fay Weldon)
The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery And Suspense (2007)
Wild Nights! (2008)
Gulf War / Black: Two Short Plays by Joyce Carol Oates (2009)
Dear Husband (2009)
Sourland (2010)
Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (2010)
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (2011) (with Jeanne DuPrau, Nikki Giovanni, John Green, Karen Hesse, Alexander McCall Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sofia Quintero and Jane Yolen)
The Corn Maiden: And Other Nightmares (2011)
Black Dahlia & White Rose (2012)
High Crime Area (2014)
Lovely, Dark, Deep (2014)
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror (2015)
Picture Books
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited

Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Joyce Carol Oates
The Twilight Zone (1972)
Dark Forces (1980)
The Giant Book of Horror Stories (1981)
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (1981)
Haunted Houses: The Greatest Stories (1983)
The Slaying of the Dragon: Modern Tales of the Playful Imagination (1984)
Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by Women (1984)
A Century of Horror 1970-1979: The Greatest Stories of the Decade (1987)
The Architecture of Fear (1987)
Lord John Ten (1987)
The Year's Best Fantasy First Annual Collection (1988)
Skin of the Soul (1990)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection (1990)
Urban Horrors (1990)
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection (1991)
The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic Fiction (1991)
The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (1992)
Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown (1992)
Great American Ghost Stories, Volume Two (1993)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Sixth Annual Collection (1993)
Omni Visions One (1993)
The King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem (1994)
Fear Itself (1995)
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995)
Doubles, Dummies and Dolls: 21 Terror Tales of Replication (1995)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighth Annual Collection (1995)
Desire Burn: Women's Stories From the Dark Side of Passion (1995)
David Copperfield's Tales of the Impossible (1995)
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Ninth Annual Collection (1996)
Twists of the Tale (1996)
American Gothic Tales (1996)
Lethal Kisses (1996)
Wild Women (1997)
Black Swan, White Raven (1997)
Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction (1997)
Great Ghost Stories (1998)
Mistresses of the Dark: 25 Macabre Tales by Master Storytellers (1998)
The Best of the Best (1998)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eleventh Annual Collection (1998)
Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction (1998)
999: Twenty-nin Original Tales of Horror and Suspense (1999)
Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000)
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (2000)

Short stories
The Abduction
The Assignation [short story]
August Evening
Bad Habits
The Boy
The Bystander
Fin de Siecle
In Traction
Maximum Security
One Flesh
Only Son
Photographer's Model
The Quarrel
A Sentimental Encounter
The Stadium
A Touch of the Flu
Two Doors
Visitation Rights
The Secret Mirror (1975)
Fatal Woman (1977)
Further Confessions (1977)
The Murder (1977)
Night-Side [short story] (1977)
Bellefleur (excerpt) (1980)
The Bingo Master (1980)
The Doll (1980)
The Virgin in the Rose-Bower (1984)
Desire (1987)
Haunted [short story] (1987)
The Others (1987)
The White Cat (1987)
Blue-Bearded Lover (1988)
Secret Observations on the Goat Girl (1988)
White Trash (1988)
Did You Ever Slip on Red Blood? (1989)
Family (1989)
Pregnant (1989)
Ladies and Gentlemen (1990)
Why Don't You Come Live With Me It's Time [from Tikkun] (1990)
The Guilty Party (1991)
Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly (1992)
Don't You Trust Me? (1992)
Extenuating Circumstances (1992)
Letter, Lover (1992)
Martyrdom (1992)
The Model (1992)
Poor Bibi (1992)
The Premonition (1992)
Phase Change (1993)
The Radio Astronomer (1993)
Thanksgiving (1993)
Blind (1994)
Brothers (1994)
Elvis Is Dead: Why Are You Alive? (1994)
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The Crossing (1995)
The Hand-Puppet (1995)
The Dream-Catcher (1996)
Leave Me Alone God Damn You (1996)
Nobody Knows My Name (1996)
The Temple (1996)
In the Insomniac Night (1997)
The Sky-Blue Ball (1997)
Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon! (1997)
Broke Heart Blues [short story] (1998)
Color Blind (1998)
The Ruins of Contracoeur (1999)
In Shock (2000)Bram Stoker (nominee)
You, Little Match-girl (2000)

National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1970) : Them
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1990) : Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1993) : Black Water
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1995) : What I Lived For
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1995) : What I Lived For
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2000) : Blonde
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (2001) : In Shock
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (2001) : We Were the Mulvaneys
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2001) : Blonde
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2005) : The Falls
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2005) : Mother, Missing
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2011) : Little Bird Of Heaven
bram stoker award Best Collection winner (2012) : Black Dahlia & White Rose
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2015) : Lovely, Dark, Deep

Books about Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates recommends
Hunter's Horn
Hunter's Horn (1949)
Harriette Arnow
"Our most unpretentious American masterpiece."
The Perfectionists
The Perfectionists (1970)
Gail Godwin
"Engrossing and mysterious... A perfectly structured story, with characters that are recognizably human and with whom one can 'identify'."
The Book of Daniel
The Book of Daniel (1971)
E L Doctorow
"A nearly perfect work of art, a cause for rejoicing."
Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
Stories of Breece D'J Pancake (1983)
Breece D'J Pancake
"One is tempted to compare his debut to Hemingway's."
Hawksmoor (1985)
Peter Ackroyd
"Mr Ackroyd is a virtuoso writer whose prose is a continual pleasure to read...An unfailingly intelligent work of the imagination."
Rock Springs
Rock Springs (1987)
Richard Ford
"Beautifully imagined and crafted stories, by turns heartrending and wickedly funny; and just plain wicked. Richard Ford is a born storyteller with an inimitable lyric voice, and Rock Springs is the very poetry of realism."
I Pass Like Night
I Pass Like Night (1989)
Jonathan Ames
"Disturbing and funny... a striking debut."
The Way the Angel Spreads Her Wings
The Way the Angel Spreads Her Wings (1989)
Barry Callaghan
"Prose of heartstopping beauty."
Women & Other Animals
Women & Other Animals (1999)
Bonnie Jo Campbell
"These stories are filled with marvelously rendered details and character portraits that seem to me absolutely convincing, as real as if I were perceiving them through an opened window. "
Beautiful Dreamer
Beautiful Dreamer (2002)
Christopher Bigsby
"A tautly written and almost unbearably suspenseful parable of the tragedy of race relations in a backcountry Tennessee setting of some decades ago. It's a powerful Faulknerian vision made stark and compelling by its spare and pitiless language."
Ariel's Crossing
Ariel's Crossing (2002)
(New Mexico, book 2)
Bradford Morrow
"An ambitious, rich, and original story of love, rapture, the end and the beginning of things."
Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis
Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (2007)
(Myths, book 7)
Ali Smith
"Ali Smith is a true original."

The Lovers (2010)
Vendela Vida
"Vendela Vida has written a riveting and suspenseful novel about an American woman's voyage to self-discovery as she travels alone in Turkey. Though the aura of dread mounts, as in one of Paul Bowles' eerie and unnerving works of fiction, there are surprising revelations here, and an utterly unpredictable ending."

Heir To the Everlasting (2011)
Janice Daugharty
"Janice Daugharty is a born storyteller."

Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You (2012)
Joyce Carol Oates
"The painful honesty of this book will crack open your heart."

Woman With a Blue Pencil (2015)
Gordon McAlpine
"A brilliantly structured labyrinth of a novel... totally unique work of ‘mystery’ fiction—one that Kafka, Borges, and Nabokov, as well as Dashiell Hammett, would have appreciated."

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