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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 (1966)
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? (1966)
Anonymous Sins (poems) (1969)
Cupid and Psyche (1970)
Love and Its Derangements (poems) (1970)
The Wheel of Love (1970)
Wild Saturday (1970)
Marriages and Infidelities (1972)
Angel Fire (poems) (1973)
The Goddess and Other Women (1974)
The Hungry Ghosts (1974)
The Poisoned Kiss (1975) (with Fernandes)
The Seduction (1975)
The Fabulous Beasts (poems) (1975)
Crossing the Border (1976)
Night-Side (1977)
Women Whose Lives Are Food, Men Whose Lives Are Money (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) (1987)
The Assignation (1988)
Demon (1991)
Oates in Exile (1991)
Heat (1991)
Twelve Plays (1991)
Where Is Here? (1992)
Haunted (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? (1994)
The Perfectionist (1995)
The Collector of Hearts (1996)
Tenderness (poems) (1996)
New Plays (1998)
Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going (1999)
Faithless (2001)
Small Avalanches (2003)
I Am No One You Know (2004)
The Female of the Species (2006)
High Lonesome (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 (2007)
Wild Nights! (2008)
Gulf War / Black (2009)
Dear Husband (2009)
Sourland (2010)
Give Me Your Heart (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 (2011)
Black Dahlia & White Rose (2012)
High Crime Area (2014)
Lovely, Dark, Deep (2014)
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Horror (2016)
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 (1983)
The Slaying of the Dragon (1984)
Witches' Brew (1984)
A Century of Horror 1970-1979 (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 (1991)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection (1991)
The New Gothic (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 (1994)
Fear Itself (1995)
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995)
Doubles, Dummies and Dolls (1995)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eighth Annual Collection (1995)
Desire Burn (1995)
David Copperfield's Tales of the Impossible (1995)
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)
Off Limits (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 (1997)
Great Ghost Stories (1998)
Mistresses of the Dark (1998)
The Best of the Best (1998)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Eleventh Annual Collection (1998)
Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers (1998)
999 (1999)
Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000)
Nightshade (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
Girl Meets Boy (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."

White Sand (2014)
Simon Kerr
"White Sand is powerful, dramatic and intensely engaging, I hope that this unusual, sure-to-be-controversial novel about shimmering layers of unreality will meet with deserved acclaim!."

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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