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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.
 
Series
Garden of Earthly Delights
1. A Garden of Earthly Delights (1966)
2. Expensive People (1968)
3. Them (1969)
A Garden of Earthly DelightsExpensive PeopleThem
 
Novels
With Shuddering FallWonderlandDo with Me What You WillThe Assassins: A Book of Hours
ChildwoldSon of the MorningCybeleUnholy Loves
BellefleurAngel of LightA Bloodsmoor RomanceLuxury of Sin
SolsticeMarya: A LifeYou Must Remember ThisAmerican Appetites
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My HeartFoxfire: Confessions of a Girl GangWhat I Lived ForZombie
We Were the MulvaneysMan CrazyMy Heart Laid BareBroke Heart Blues
Starr Bright Will Be With You SoonBlondeThe BarrensMiddle-Age: A Romance
Big Mouth and Ugly GirlI'll Take You ThereThe Tattooed GirlFreaky Green Eyes
The FallsMother, MissingSexyAfter the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away
Black Girl, White GirlThe Gravedigger's DaughterMy Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler RampikeA Fair Maiden
Little Bird Of HeavenMudwomanTwo or Three Things I Forgot to Tell YouDaddy Love
The AccursedCarthageThe Sacrifice
 
Omnibus
Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong
 
Collections
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)
Heat: And Other Stories (1991)
Oates in Exile (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)
By the North GateUpon the Sweeping Flood: And Other StoriesWhere Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Stories of Young AmericaAnonymous Sins: And Other Poems
Cupid and PsycheLove and Its DerangementsThe Wheel of LoveWild Saturday: And Other Stories
Marriages and InfidelitiesAngel FireThe Goddess and Other WomenThe Hungry Ghosts: Seven Allusive Comedies
The Poisoned Kiss: And Other Stories from the PortugueseThe Seduction: And Other StoriesThe Fabulous BeastsCrossing the Border: Fifteen Tales
Night-Side: 18 TalesWomen Whose Lives Are Food, Men Whose Lives Are Money: PoemsAll the Good People I've Left BehindThree Plays
A Sentimental EducationInvisible WomanMysteries of WinterthurnLast Days
Raven's WingThe Time Traveler: PoemsThe AssignationDemon: And other tales
Heat: And Other StoriesOates in ExileTwelve PlaysWhere Is Here?: Stories
Haunted: Tales of the GrotesqueDeadly SinsWill You Always Love Me?: And Other StoriesThe Perfectionist: And Other Plays
The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the GrotesqueTenderness: PoemsNew PlaysWhere I've Been, and Where I'm Going: Essays, Reviews, and Prose
Faithless: Tales of TransgressionSmall Avalanches: And Other StoriesI Am No One You Know: StoriesThe Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery And Suspense
High Lonesome: Stories 1966-2006PoolsideThe Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery And SuspenseWild Nights!
Gulf War / Black: Two Short Plays by Joyce Carol OatesDear HusbandSourlandGive Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
What You Wish For: A Book for DarfurThe Corn Maiden: And Other NightmaresBlack Dahlia & White RoseHigh Crime Area
Lovely, Dark, Deep
 
Plays
Miracle PlayI Stand Before You NakedWild Nights! / Grandpa Clemens and Angelfish 1906
 
Picture Books
Come Meet Muffin!Where Is Little ReynardNaughty Cherie!
 
Novellas
The Triumph of the Spider MonkeyI Lock My Door Upon MyselfThe Rise of Life On EarthBlack Water
First LoveDevil's Half AcreBeastsRape: A Love Story
Spotted Hyenas: A RomancePatricideThe Rescuer
 
Series contributed to
The Best American Short Stories 1979
 
The Best American Mystery StoriesThe Best American Mystery Stories 2005
 
Chasing Shadows
 
Anthologies edited
Scenes From American Life: Contemporary Short FictionNight WalksReading The FightsThe Best American Essays 1991
The Oxford Book of American Short StoriesThe Sophisticated Cat: A Gathering of Stories, Poems, And Miscellaneous Writings About CatsThe Best American Essays of the CenturyAmerican Gothic Tales
The Norton Anthology of Contemporary FictionAmerican Fiction Volume 9Telling Stories: An Anthology for WritersSnapshots: 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction
Best New American Voices 200321st Century Voices: Contemporary American Short FictionNew Jersey NoirPrison Noir
 
Non fiction
Edge of Impossibility: Tragic Forms in LiteratureThe Hostile Sun: The Poetry of D. H. LawrenceNew Heaven, New Earth: The Visionary Experience in LiteratureContraries
The Profane Art : Essays and ReviewsFirst Person Singular: Writers on Their CraftOn BoxingWoman Writer: Occasions And Opportunities
George Bellows: American ArtistThe Life of the Writer, the Life of the Career: Prolegomena to a Personal EthicsThe Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, ArtUncensored: Views And (Re)views
The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982Muhammad Ali: RingsideIn Rough CountryA Widow's Story
Better Than 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)
Dark ForcesThe Giant Book of Horror StoriesGreat Tales of Mystery and SuspenseHaunted Houses: The Greatest Stories
Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by WomenA Century of Horror 1970-1979: The Greatest Stories of the DecadeThe Architecture of FearLord John Ten
The Year's Best Fantasy First Annual CollectionSkin of the SoulThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual CollectionUrban Horrors
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost StoriesThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual CollectionThe New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic FictionThe Oxford Book of Gothic Tales
Masterpieces of Terror and the UnknownGreat American Ghost Stories, Volume TwoThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Sixth Annual CollectionThe King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem
Fear ItselfThe Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by WomenDoubles, Dummies and Dolls: 21 Terror Tales of ReplicationThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighth Annual Collection
Desire Burn: Women's Stories From the Dark Side of PassionDavid Copperfield's Tales of the ImpossibleRuby Slippers, Golden TearsOff Limits: Tales of Alien Sex
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Ninth Annual CollectionTwists of the TaleAmerican Gothic TalesLethal Kisses
Wild WomenBlack Swan, White RavenBlood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire FictionGreat Ghost Stories
The Best of the BestThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eleventh Annual CollectionSirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction999: Twenty-nin Original Tales of Horror and Suspense
Black Heart, Ivory BonesNightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories
 
Short stories
The Abduction
Accident
Ace
Adultress
Anecdote
The Assignation [short story]
August Evening
Bad Habits
The Boy
The Bystander
Eleutheria
Face
Fin de Siecle
Heartland
Holiday
In Traction
Maximum Security
Mule
One Flesh
Only Son
Party
Photographer's Model
Picnic
Pinch
The Quarrel
Romance
Secret
Senorita
A Sentimental Encounter
Sharpshooting
Shelter
Slow
The Stadium
Stroke
Superstitious
Tick
A Touch of the Flu
Train
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)
############## (1995)
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)


Awards
National Book Award for Fiction winner (1970) : Them
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction nominee (1995) : What I Lived For
Bram Stoker nominee (2001) : In Shock
Oprah's Book Club nominee (2001) : We Were the Mulvaneys
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction nominee (2005) : Mother, Missing
Orange Prize for Fiction Best Novel nominee (2005) : The Falls


Books about Joyce Carol Oates
Critical Essays on Joyce Carol OatesConversations with Joyce Carol OatesInvisible Writer: A Biography of Joyce Carol Oate
 
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
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 8)
Ali Smith
"Ali Smith is a true original."
The Lovers
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
Heir To the Everlasting (2011)
Janice Daugharty
"Janice Daugharty is a born storyteller."
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You (2012)
Joyce Carol Oates
"The painful honesty of this book will crack open your heart."



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