Oates, Joyce Carol 1938- (Lauren Kelly, Rosamond Smith)

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Oates, Joyce Carol 1938- (Lauren Kelly, Rosamond Smith)

PERSONAL:

Born June 16, 1938, in Lockport, NY; daughter of Frederic James (a tool and die designer) and Caroline Oates; married Raymond Joseph Smith, January 23, 1961. Education: Syracuse University, B.A, 1960; University of Wisconsin, M.A, 1961.

ADDRESSES:

Office—Department of Creative Writing, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Agent—John Hawkins, 71 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 10010; (for plays) Peter Franklin, c/o William Morris Agency, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Writer and educator. University of Detroit, Detroit, MI, instructor, 1961-65, assistant professor, 1965-67; University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, member of English department faculty, 1967-78; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, writer-in-residence, 1978-81, professor, 1987—, currently Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.

MEMBER:

PEN, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Mademoiselle college fiction award, 1959, for "In the Old World"; National Endowment for the Arts grants, 1966, 1968; Guggenheim fellowship, 1967; O. Henry Award, 1967, for "In the Region of Ice," 1973, for "The Dead," and 1983, for "My Warszawa"; Rosenthal Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1968, for A Garden of Earthly Delights; National Book Award nomination, 1968, for A Garden of Earthly Delights, and 1969, for Expensive People; National Book Award for fiction, 1970, for them; O. Henry Special Award for Continuing Achievement, 1970 and 1986; Lotos Club Award of Merit, 1975; Pushcart Prize, 1976; Unholy Loves selected by the American Library Association as a notable book of 1979; Bellefleur nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize in fiction, 1980; St. Louis Literary Award, 1988; Rhea Award for the short story, Dungannon Foundation, 1990; Alan Swallow Award for fiction, 1990; cowinner, Heidemann Award for one-act plays, 1990; Bobst Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fiction, 1990; National Book Award nomination, 1990, for Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart; National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, and Pulitzer Prize finalist, both 1993, both for Black Water; Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award for horror fiction, 1994; best new play nomination, American Theatre Critics Association, 1994, for The Perfectionist; Pulitzer Prize finalist, 1995, for What I Lived For; Bram Stoker Award for Horror, Horror Writers of America, and Fisk Fiction Prize, both 1996, both for Zombie; PEN/Malamud Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Short Story, 1996; F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature, 1998; O. Henry Prize Story, 2001, for "The Girl with the Blackened Eye"; National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist, both 2001, both for Blonde; Best American Mystery Stories designation, 2002, for "High School Sweetheart"; Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, Tulsa Library Trust, 2002; Common Wealth Literature Award of Distinguished Service, PNC Financial Services Group, 2003; Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, 2003; Fairfax Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts, 2004; Prix Femina French literary prize, 2005, for The Falls; Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for Lifetime Achievement, 2006; Humanist of the Year Award, American Humanist Association, 2007.

WRITINGS:

NOVELS

With Shuddering Fall, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1964.

A Garden of Earthly Delights, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1967, revised edition, Random House (New York, NY), 2003.

Expensive People, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1967, reprinted, Modern Library (New York, NY), 2006.

them, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1969, reprinted with introduction by Greg Johnson and afterword by the author, Modern Library (New York, NY), 2000.

Wonderland, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1971, revised edition, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1992, reprinted, Modern Library (New York, NY), 2006.

Do with Me What You Will, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1973.

The Assassins: A Book of Hours, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1975.

Triumph of the Spider Monkey: The First-Person Confession of the Maniac Bobby Gotteson as Told to Joyce Carol Oates (novella; also see below), Black Sparrow Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1976.

Childwold, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1976.

Son of the Morning, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1978.

Unholy Loves, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1979.

Cybele, Black Sparrow Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1979.

Bellefleur, Dutton (New York, NY), 1980.

Angel of Light, Dutton (New York, NY), 1981.

A Bloodsmoor Romance, Dutton (New York, NY), 1982.

Mysteries of Winterthurn, Dutton (New York, NY), 1984.

Solstice, Dutton (New York, NY), 1985, revised edition, Ontario Review Press (Princeton, NJ), 2000.

Marya: A Life, Dutton (New York, NY), 1986.

You Must Remember This, Dutton (New York, NY), 1987.

American Appetites, Dutton (New York, NY), 1989.

Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart, Dutton (New York, NY), 1990.

I Lock My Door upon Myself, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1990, revised edition, Ontario Review Press (Princeton, NJ), 2002.

The Rise of Life on Earth, New Directions (New York, NY), 1991.

Black Water, Dutton (New York, NY), 1992.

Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, Dutton (New York, NY), 1993.

What I Lived For, Dutton (New York, NY), 1994.

Zombie, Dutton (New York, NY), 1995.

Tenderness, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1996.

We Were the Mulvaneys, Dutton (New York, NY), 1996.

First Love: A Gothic Tale, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1996.

Man Crazy, Dutton (New York, NY), 1997.

My Heart Laid Bare, Dutton (New York, NY), 1998.

Broke Heart Blues: A Novel, Dutton (New York, NY), 1999.

Blonde: A Novel, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2000.

Middle Age: A Romance, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 2001.

Beasts, Carroll & Graf (New York, NY), 2002.

I'll Take You There: A Novel, Ecco (New York, NY), 2002.

The Tattooed Girl: A Novel, Ecco (New York, NY), 2003.

Rape: A Love Story (novella), Carroll & Graf (New York, NY), 2003.

The Falls: A Novel, Ecco (New York, NY), 2004.

Missing Mom, Ecco (New York, NY), 2005.

Black Girl/White Girl, Ecco (New York, NY), 2006.

The Gravedigger's Daughter, Ecco (New York, NY), 2007.

NOVELS; UNDER PSEUDONYM ROSAMOND SMITH

Lives of the Twins, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1988.

Soul/Mate, Dutton (New York, NY), 1989.

Nemesis, Dutton (New York, NY), 1990.

Snake Eyes, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1992.

You Can't Catch Me, Dutton (New York, NY), 1995.

Double Delight, Dutton (New York, NY), 1997.

Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon, Dutton (New York, NY), 1999.

The Barrens, Carroll & Graf (New York, NY), 2001.

SUSPENSE NOVELS; UNDER PSEUDONYM LAUREN KELLY

Take Me, Take Me with You, Ecco (New York, NY), 2004.

The Stolen Heart, Ecco (New York, NY), 2005.

Blood Mask, Ecco (New York, NY), 2006.

SHORT STORIES

By the North Gate, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1963.

Upon the Sweeping Flood and Other Stories, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1966.

The Wheel of Love and Other Stories, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1970.

Marriages and Infidelities, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1972.

The Goddess and Other Women, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1974.

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Stories of Young America, Fawcett (New York, NY), 1974, published as Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Selected Early Stories, Ontario Review Press (Princeton, NJ), 1993, expanded edition, edited and with an introduction by Elaine Showalter, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 1994.

The Hungry Ghosts: Seven Allusive Comedies, Black Sparrow Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1974.

The Poisoned Kiss and Other Stories from the Portuguese, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1975.

The Seduction and Other Stories, Black Sparrow Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1975.

Crossing the Border: Fifteen Tales, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1976.

Night Side: Eighteen Tales, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1977.

All the Good People I've Left Behind, Black Sparrow Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1978.

The Lamb of Abyssalia, Pomegranate (Cambridge, MA), 1980.

A Sentimental Education, Dutton (New York, NY), 1981.

Last Days, Dutton (New York, NY), 1984.

Wild Nights (limited edition), Croissant (Athens, OH), 1985.

Raven's Wing, Dutton (New York, NY), 1986.

The Assignation, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1988.

Where Is Here?, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1992.

Heat: And Other Stories, Plume (New York, NY), 1992.

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Selected Early Stories, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1993.

Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque, Dutton (New York, NY), 1994.

Will You Always Love Me? and Other Stories, Dutton (New York, NY), 1995.

The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque, Dutton (New York, NY), 1999.

Faithless: Tales of Transgression, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 2001.

I Am No One You Know: Stories, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 2004.

The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2005.

High Lonesome: New & Selected Stories, 1966-2006, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 2006.

The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2007.

Also author of short film adaptation of Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?, 2006.

POETRY

Women in Love and Other Poems, Albondacani Press (New York, NY), 1968.

Anonymous Sins and Other Poems (also see below), Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1969.

Love and Its Derangements: Poems (also see below), Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1970.

Angel Fire (also see below), Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1973.

Dreaming America (limited edition), Aloe Editions, 1973.

Love and Its Derangements and Other Poems (includes Anonymous Sins and Other Poems, Love and Its Derangements, and Angel Fire), Fawcett (New York, NY), 1974.

The Fabulous Beasts, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1975.

Season of Peril, Black Sparrow Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1977.

Women Whose Lives Are Food, Men Whose Lives Are Money: Poems, illustrated by Elizabeth Hansell, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1978.

The Stepfather (limited edition), Lord John Press (Northridge, CA), 1978.

Celestial Timepiece (limited edition), Pressworks (Dallas, TX), 1981.

Invisible Woman: New and Selected Poems, 1970-1972, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1982.

The Luxury of Sin (limited edition), Lord John Press (Northridge, CA), 1983.

The Time Traveler, Dutton (New York, NY), 1989.

Tenderness: Poems, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1996.

NONFICTION

The Edge of Impossibility: Tragic Forms in Literature, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1972.

The Hostile Sun: The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence, Black Sparrow Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1973.

New Heaven, New Earth: The Visionary Experience in Literature, Vanguard Press (New York, NY), 1974.

Contraries: Essays, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 1981.

The Profane Art: Essays and Reviews, Dutton (New York, NY), 1983.

On Boxing, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1987, expanded edition, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1994.

(With Eileen T. Bender) Artist in Residence, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1987.

(Woman) Writer: Occasions and Opportunities, Dutton (New York, NY), 1988.

Conversations with Joyce Carol Oates, edited by Lee Milazzo, University Press of Mississippi (Jackson, MS), 1989.

Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going: Essays, Reviews, and Prose, Plume (New York, NY), 1999.

The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 2003.

Joyce Carol Oates: Conversations, 1970-2006, edited by Greg Johnson, Ontario Review Press (Princeton, NJ), 2006.

FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, HarperTempest (New York, NY), 2002.

Small Avalanches and Other Stories, HarperTempest (New York, NY), 2003.

Freaky Green Eyes, HarperTempest (New York, NY), 2003.

Sexy, HarperTempest (New York, NY), 2005.

After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away, HarperTempest (New York, NY), 2006.

FOR CHILDREN

Come Meet Muffin!, illustrated by Mark Graham, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1998.

Where Is Little Reynard? (picture book), illustrated by Mark Graham, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2003.

Naughty Cherie, illustrated by Mark Graham, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2008.

PLAYS

The Sweet Enemy, produced Off-Broadway, 1965.

Sunday Dinner, produced Off-Broadway, 1970.

Ontological Proof of My Existence (produced Off-Off-Broadway, 1972), published in Partisan Review, Volume 37, 1970.

Miracle Play, Black Sparrow Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 1974.

Three Plays, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1980.

Presque Isle, produced in New York City at Theater of the Open Eye, 1984.

Triumph of the Spider Monkey, produced at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 1985.

American Holiday, produced at the Los Angeles Theatre Academy, 1990.

In Darkest America: Two Plays, Samuel French (New York, NY), 1991.

I Stand before You Naked (produced in New York City at the American Place Theatre; also see below), Samuel French (New York, NY), 1991.

How Do You Like Your Meat? (also see below), produced in New Haven, CT, 1991.

Twelve Plays (contains Tone Cluster, The Eclipse, How Do You Like Your Meat?, The Ballad of Love Canal, Under/ ground, Greensleeves, The Key, Friday Night, Black [also see below], I Stand before You Naked, The Secret Mirror [also see below], and American Holiday), Plume (New York, NY), 1991.

Black, produced at the Williamstown Summer Festival, 1992.

Gulf War, produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1992.

The Secret Mirror, produced in Philadelphia at the Annenberg Theatre, 1992.

The Rehearsal, produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1993.

The Perfectionist (also see below; produced in Princeton, NJ, 1993), published in The Perfectionist and Other Plays, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1995.

The Truth-Teller, Circle Rep Play-in-Progress, 1993.

The Perfectionist and Other Plays, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1995.

HERE SHE IS!, produced in Philadelphia, 1995.

New Plays, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1998.

Bad Girls, produced in New York, NY, by the Director's Company, 2003.

Dr. Magic: Six One Act Plays, Samuel French (New York, NY), 2004.

EDITOR OR COMPILER

Scenes from American Life: Contemporary Short Fiction, Random House (New York, NY), 1973.

(With Shannon Ravenel) Best American Short Stories of 1979, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1979.

Night Walks, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1982.

First-Person Singular: Writers on Their Craft, Ontario Review Press (New York, NY), 1983.

(With Boyd Litzinger) Story: Fictions Past and Present (textbook), Heath (Lexington, MA), 1985.

(With Daniel Halpern) Reading the Fights: The Best Writing about the Most Controversial of Sports, Holt (New York, NY), 1988.

The Best American Essays, Ticknor & Fields (New York, NY), 1991.

(With Daniel Halpern) The Sophisticated Cat: A Gathering of Stories, Poems, and Miscellaneous Writings about Cats, Dutton (New York, NY), 1992.

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1992.

George Bellows: American Artist, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1995.

The Essential Dickinson, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1996.

American Gothic Tales, Plume (New York, NY), 1996.

Story: The Art and the Craft of Narrative Fiction, Norton (New York, NY), 1997.

The Best of H.P. Lovecraft, Ecco Press (New York, NY), 1997.

(With R.V. Cassill) The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, Norton (New York, NY), 1997.

(Also author of introduction) Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers, Norton (New York, NY), 1997.

(With Janet Berliner) Snapshots: Twentieth-Century Mother-Daughter Fiction, David R. Godine (Boston, MA), 2000.

The Best American Essays of the Century, Houghton (Boston, MA), 2000.

The Best New American Voices 2003, Harvest (San Diego, CA), 2002.

Uncensored: Views and (Re)views (collection of prose pieces), Ecco/HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

(With Otto Penzler) The Best American Mystery Stories, 2005, Houghton (Boston, MA), 2005.

OTHER

Also author of foreword, Saving Graces: Images of Women in European Cemeteries, by David Robinson, Norton (New York, NY), 1995. Contributor of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to periodicals, including New York Times Book Review, New York Times Magazine, New York Review of Books, New Yorker, Harper's, Times Literary Supplement, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mademoiselle, Vogue, Hudson Review, Paris Review, Grand Street, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and Esquire. Editor, with husband, Raymond Smith, of Ontario Review.

Most of Oates's manuscripts, including her ongoing journal, are housed in Special Collections, Syracuse University Library.

ADAPTATIONS:

Oates's short story "In the Region of Ice" was made into an Academy Award-winning short feature in the 1970s; "Daisy" was adapted for the stage by Victoria Rue and produced Off-Off-Broadway at the Cubiculo, February, 1980; the story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" was adapted for the screen as SmoothTalk, directed by Joyce Chopra and produced by Martin Rosen, Spectrafilm, 1981; the story "Norman and the Killer" was made into a short feature; an opera based on Black Water was developed by the American Music Festival Theatre, Philadelphia, with composer John Duffy, 1996; Foxfire was adapted as a motion picture, 1996; Getting to Know You, a film based on Oates's 1992 short-story collection Heat, was released, 2000; We Were the Mulvaneys was adapted as a teleplay for the Lifetime network, 2002; stories from Small Avalanches have been adapted as films, 2003, 2006. Some of Oates's works have been adapted for sound recordings, including the play Black by L.A. Theatre Works, "The Woman Who Laughed," by L.A. Theatre Works, 1994, American Appetites, by L.A. Theatre Works, 2000, The Best American Essays of the Century, 2001, Middle Age: A Romance, Blonde, and Big Mouth & UglyGirl.

SIDELIGHTS:

For over four decades, Joyce Carol Oates has produced a large body of work consisting of novels, short stories, criticism, plays, and poetry. Few living writers are as prolific as Oates, whose productivity is the cause of much commentary in the world of letters. Not a year has gone by since the mid-1960s in which she has not published at least one book; occasionally as many as three have been released in a single year. Her contributions to the field of poetry alone would be considered a significant output. "Any assessment of Oates's accomplishments should admit that the sheer quantity and range of her writing is impressive," observed a Contemporary Novelists essayist. The essayist added: "Oates is a writer who embarks on ambitious projects; her imagination is protean; her energies and curiosity seemingly boundless; and throughout all her writing, the reader detects her sharp intelligence, spirit of inquiry, and her zeal to tell a story."

A prodigious output means nothing if readers do not buy the books. Oates has established a reputation for consistently interesting work, ranging in genre from stories of upper-class domesticity to horror and psychological crime, but everywhere she reveals "an uncanny knack for understanding middle America, suburbia, and the temper of the times," to quote the Contemporary Novelists critic. Violence and victimization often feature in Oates's stories and novels, but existential questions of self-discovery abound as well. In an era of postmodernism and deconstruction, she writes in a classic mode of real people in extreme situations. As one Publishers Weekly reviewer put it: "Reading an Oates novel is like becoming a peeping tom, staring without guilt into the bright living rooms and dark hearts of America."

In Book Oates said: "I am a chronicler of the American experience. We have been historically a nation prone to violence, and it would be unreal to ignore this fact. What intrigues me is the response to violence: its aftermath in the private lives of women and children in particular." Susan Tekulve in Book felt that, like nineteenth-century writer Edgar Allan Poe, "Oates merges Gothic conventions with modern social and political concerns, creating stories that feel at once antique and new. But she also shares Poe's love of dark humor and a good hoax." New York Times correspondent Claire Dederer found the author's novels "hypnotically propulsive, written in the key of What the Hell Is Going to Happen Next? Oates pairs big ideas with small details in an ideal fictional balancing act, but the nice thing is that you don't really notice. You're too busy rushing on to the next page."

Oates has not limited herself to any particular genre or even to one literary style. She is equally at ease creating realistic short stories—for which she won an O. Henry Special Award for Continuing Achievement—or parodistic epics, such as the popular Gothic novels Bellefleur, A Bloodsmoor Romance, and Mysteries of Winterthurn, all published in the 1980s. She attracts readers because of her ability to spin suspenseful tales and to infuse the ordinary with terror. As Oates stated in a Chicago Tribune Book World discussion of her themes: "I am concerned with only one thing: the moral and social conditions of my generation." Henry Louis Gates, Jr., wrote in the Nation that "a future archeologist equipped with only her oeuvre could easily piece together the whole of postwar America."

Born into a working-class family, Oates grew up in rural Erie County, New York, spending a great deal of time at her grandparents' farm. She attended a one-room school as a child and developed a love for reading and writing at an early age. By fifteen, she had completed her first novel and submitted it for publication, only to discover that those who read it found it too depressing for younger readers. Oates graduated from Syracuse University in 1960 and earned her master's degree the following year from the University of Wisconsin. It was at Wisconsin that she met and married her husband, Raymond Joseph Smith, with whom she has edited the Ontario Review. The newlyweds moved to Detroit, where Oates taught at the University of Detroit between 1961 and 1967. After one of her stories was anthologized in the Best American Short Stories, she decided to devote herself to creative writing.

Urban issues are a major theme in Oates's writing, such as her 1969 novel them, which earned a National Book Award in 1970. However, her early work also reveals her preoccupation with fictitious Eden County, New York, a setting based on her childhood recollections. Betty De Ramus is quoted in the Encyclopedia of World Biography as saying: "Her days in Detroit did more for Joyce Carol Oates than bring her together with new people—it gave her a tradition to write from, the so-called American Gothic tradition of exaggerated horror and gloom and mysterious and violent incidents."

The novel them chronicles three decades, beginning in 1937, in the life of the Wendall family. The novel "is partly made up of ‘composite’ characters and events, clearly influenced by the disturbances of the long hot summer of 1967," Oates acknowledged. Although regarded as a self-contained work, them can also be considered the concluding volume in a trilogy that explores different subgroups of U.S. society. The trilogy includes A Garden of Earthly Delights, about the migrant poor, and Expensive People, about the suburban rich.

A story of inescapable life cycles, them begins with sixteen-year-old Loretta Botsford Wendall preparing for a Saturday night date. "Anything might happen," she muses innocently, unaware of the impending tragedy. After inviting her date to bed with her, Loretta is awakened by the sound of an explosion. Still half asleep, she realizes that her boyfriend has been shot in the head by her brother. Screaming, she flees the house and runs into the street where she encounters an old acquaintance who is a policeman. Forced to become his wife in return for his help, Loretta embarks on a future of degradation and poverty. The early chapters trace Loretta's flight from her past, her move to Detroit, and her erratic relationships with her husband and other men. The rest of the book focuses on two of Loretta's children, Jules and Maureen, and their struggle to escape a second generation of violence and poverty.

New York Times reviewer John Leonard wrote, "them, as literature, is a reimagining, a reinventing of the urban American experience of the last thirty years, a complex and powerful novel that begins with James T. Farrell and ends in a gothic dream; of the ‘fire that burns and does its duty.’" Leonard added: "them is really about all the private selves, accidents and casualties that add up to a public violence." Christian Science Monitor contributor Joanne Leedom also noted the symbolic importance that violence assumes and links it to the characters' search for freedom: "The characters live, love, and almost die in an effort to find freedom and to break out of their patterns. They balance on a precipice and peer over its edge. Though they fear they may fall, they either cannot or will not back away, for it is in the imminence of danger that they find life force. The quest in them is for rebirth; the means is violence; the end is merely a realignment of patterns."

Throughout the 1970s, Oates continued her exploration of American people and institutions, combining social analysis with vivid psychological portrayals: Wonderland probes the pitfalls of the modern medical community; Do with Me What You Will focuses upon the legal profession; The Assassins: A Book of Hours attacks the political corruption of Washington, DC; Son of the Morning traces the rise and fall of a religious zealot who thinks he is Christ; and Unholy Loves examines shallowness and hypocrisy within the academic community. In these and all her fiction, the frustrations and imbalance of individuals become emblematic of U.S. society as a whole.

Oates's short stories of this period exhibit similar themes, and many critics judged her stories to be her finest work. "Her style, technique, and subject matter achieve their strongest effects in this concentrated form, for the extended dialogue, minute detail, and violent action which irritate the reader after hundreds of pages are wonderfully appropriate in short fiction," a Dictionary of Literary Biography contributor observed. "Her short stories present the same violence, perversion, and mental derangement as her novels, and are set in similar locations: the rural community of Eden County, the chaotic city of Detroit, and the sprawling malls and developments of modern suburbia."

One of Oates's most popular and representative short stories is "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Frequently anthologized, the story first appeared in 1966 and is considered by many to be a masterpiece of the short form. It relates the sexual awakening of a teenage girl by a mysterious older man through circumstances that assume strange and menacing proportions; it is a study in the peril that lurks beneath the surface of everyday life.

The protagonist, fifteen-year-old Connie, is a typical teenager who argues with her mother over curfews and hair spray, dreams about romantic love with handsome boys, and regards her older, unmarried sister as a casualty. One Sunday afternoon Connie is left home alone. The afternoon begins ordinarily enough with Connie lying in the sun. "At this point," noted Greg Johnson in Understanding Joyce Carol Oates, "the story moves from realism into an allegorical dream-vision. Recalling a recent sexual experience as ‘sweet, gentle, the way it was in movies and promised in songs,’ Connie opens her eyes and ‘hardly knew where she was.’ Shaking her head ‘as if to get awake,’ she feels troubled by the sudden unreality of her surroundings, unaware—though the reader is aware—that she has entered a new and fearsome world."

Shortly afterward, a strange man about thirty years old appears in a battered gold convertible. His name is Arnold Friend. Excited by the prospect but also cautious, Connie dawdles about accepting his invitation to take a ride. Friend becomes more insistent until, suddenly, it becomes clear that Friend has no ordinary ride in mind. He makes no attempt to follow Connie as she flees into the house, but he also makes it clear that the flimsy screen door between them is no obstacle. As Mary Allen explained in The Necessary Blankness: Women in Major American Fiction of the Sixties, "his promise not to come in the house after her is more disturbing than a blunt demand might be, for we know he will enter when he is ready."

Oates explores another genre with her Gothic novels Bellefleur, A Bloodsmoor Romance, and Mysteries of Winterthurn. These novels are an homage to old-fashioned Gothics. The novels feature many of the stock elements of conventional Gothics, including ghosts, haunted mansions, and mysterious deaths. But the plots are also tied to actual events. Her incorporation of real history into imaginary lives lends these tales a depth that is absent from many Gothic novels. Though fanciful in form, they are serious in purpose and examine such sensitive issues as crimes against women, children, and the poor, as well as the role of family history in shaping destiny. For these reasons, Greg Johnson believed that "the gothic elements throughout her fiction, like her use of mystical frameworks, serve the larger function of expanding the thematic scope and suggestiveness of her narratives."

Bellefleur is a five-part novel that encompasses thousands of years and explores what it means to be an American. It is the saga of the Bellefleurs, a rich and rapacious family with a "curse," who settle in the Adirondack Mountains. Interwoven with the family's tale are real people from the nineteenth century, including abolitionist John Brown and Abraham Lincoln, the latter who in the novel fakes his own assassination in order to escape the pressures of public life. Wrote New York Times contributor John Leonard: "On one level, Bellefleur is Gothic pulp fiction, cleverly consuming itself…. On another level, Bellefleur is fairy tale and myth, distraught literature…. America is serious enough for pulp and myth, Miss Oates seems to be saying, because in our greed we never understood that the Civil War really was a struggle for the possession of our soul." Oates herself has acknowledged that the book was partially conceived as a critique of "the American dream," and critics generally agreed that this dimension enhances the story, transforming the Gothic parody into serious art.

In 1990 Oates returned to familiar themes of race and violence in Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart. The story tells of a bond shared between Jinx Fairchild, a black sixteen-year-old living in the small industrial town of Hammond, New York, and Iris Courtney, a fourteen-year-old white girl who seeks help from Jinx when a town bully begins harassing her. During a scuffle, Jinx inadvertently kills the boy, and the story follows Jinx and Iris as their lives are guided by the consequences of this event. Encompassing the years 1956 to 1963, the book explores the issues of racial segregation and downward mobility as the two characters struggle to overcome their past by escaping from the confines of their hometown. "Iris and Jinx are linked by a powerful bond of secrecy, guilt and, ultimately, a kind of fateful love, which makes for a … compelling … story about the tragedy of American racism," wrote Howard Frank Mosher in the Washington Post Book World.

In American Appetites, Oates also explores life among the upper-middle class and finds it just as turbulent and destructive beneath the surface as the overtly violent lives of her poorer, urban characters. Ian and Glynnis McCullough live the illusion of a satisfying life in a sprawling suburban house made of glass, surrounded by a full social life and Glynnis's gourmet cooking. When Glynnis discovers her husband's cancelled check to a young woman they once befriended, however, the cracks in their carefully constructed lifestyle are revealed, leading to a fatal incident. American Appetites is a departure for Oates in that it is told in large part as a courtroom drama, but critics seem not as impressed by Oates's attempt at conveying the pretentiousness of this group of people as with her grittier tales of poverty and racism. Hermione Lee, writing in the London Observer, felt that the theme of Greek tragedy and its "enquiry into the human soul's control over its destiny … ought to be interesting, but it feels too ponderous, too insistent." Likewise, Robert Towers in the New York Times Book Review praised Oates's "cast of varied characters whom she makes interesting, … places them in scrupulously observed settings, and involves them in a complex action that is expertly sustained," but somehow they produce an effect opposite of the one intended. "We're lulled into a dreamy observation of the often dire events and passions that it records," Towers wrote. Bruce Bawer in a Washington Post Book World review found the device of conveying ideas "through intrusive remarks by the narrator and dramatis personae" ineffective and "contrived." However, Bawer suggested that although American Appetites conveys "no sense of tragedy … or of the importance of individual moral responsibility," it does "capture something of the small quiet terror of daily existence, the ever-present sense of the possibility of chaos."

Oates reconstructs a familiar scenario in her award-winning Black Water, a 1992 account of a tragic encounter between a powerful U.S. senator and a young woman he meets at a party. While driving to a motel, the drunken senator steers the car off a bridge into the dark water of an East Coast river, and although he is able to escape, he leaves the young woman to drown. The events parallel those of Senator Edward Kennedy's fatal plunge at Chappaquiddick in 1969 that left a young campaign worker dead, but Oates updates the story and sets it twenty years later. Told from the point of view of the drowning woman, the story "portrays an individual fate, born out of the protagonist's character and driven forward by the force of events," according to Richard Bausch in the New York Times Book Review. Bausch called Oates's effort "taut, powerfully imagined and beautifully written … it continues to haunt us." A tale that explores the sexual power inherent in politics, Black Water is not only concerned with the historical event it recalls but also with the sexual-political power dynamics that erupted over Clarence Thomas's nomination for Supreme Court Justice in the early 1990s. It is a fusion of "the instincts of political and erotic conquest," wrote Richard Eder in the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

Oates's 1993 novel Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang recounts in retrospect the destructive sisterhood of a group of teenage girls in the 1950s. The story is pieced together from former Foxfire gang member Maddy Wirtz's memories and journal and once again takes place in the industrial New York town of Hammond. The gang, led by the very charismatic and very angry Legs Sadovsky, chooses their enemy—men—the force that Legs perceives as responsible for the degradation and ruin of their mothers and friends. The girls celebrate their bond to one another by branding each others' shoulders with tattoos. But as they lash out with sex and violence against teachers and father figures, they "become demons themselves—violent and conniving and exuberant in their victories over the opposite sex," wrote Los Angeles Times Book Review contributor Cynthia Kadohata. Although Oates acknowledged to New York Times Book Review contributor Lynn Karpen that Foxfire is her most overtly feminist book, she wanted to show that though "the bond of sisterhood can be very deep and emotionally gratifying," it is a fleeting, fragile bond.

In portraying the destructive escapades of these 1950s teenagers, Oates is "articulating the fantasies of a whole generation," remarked Times Literary Supplement contributor Lorna Sage, "putting words to what they didn't quite do." Likening the book to a myth, Oates told Karpen that Foxfire "is supposed to be a kind of dialectic between romance and realism." Provoking fights, car chases, and acts of vandalism, the Foxfire gang leaves their mark on the gray town—antics that get Legs sent to reform school, "where she learns that women are sometimes the enemy, too," noted Kadohata.

Sexual violence invades another upstate New York family in Oates's We Were the Mulvaneys, published in 1996. In sharp contrast to the isolated, emotionally impoverished family introduced in First Love, the Mulvaneys are well-known, high-profile members of their community: Michael Mulvaney is a successful roofing contractor and his wife, Corinne, dabbles at an antiques business. As told by Judd, the youngest of the three promising Mulvaney sons, the family comes unraveled after seventeen-year-old Marianne is raped by a fellow high school student. Ashamed of his daughter's "fall from grace," proud and patriarchal Michael banishes her to the home of a relative, an action that drives him to the drunken state that results in the loss of home and job. Meanwhile, other family members succumb to their individual demons. The saga of a family's downfall is uplifted by more positive changes a decade later, which come as a relief to readers who identify with the Mulvaneys as compelling representatives of the contemporary American middle class.

Although, as with much of her fiction, Oates has denied any autobiographical basis for We Were the Mulvaneys other than a familiarity with the northern New York setting and once owning a cat answering to the description of the title family's household pet, the creative process involved in creating the novel is almost as evocative as personal experience. We Were the Mulvaneys, which at 454 pages in length qualifies as "long," took many months of note-taking, followed by ten months of writing, according to its author. After being chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of her book club editions, the novel became the first of Oates's works to top the New York Times bestseller list.

Throughout her prolific writing career Oates has distributed her vast creative and emotional energies between several projects at once, simultaneously producing novels, stories, verse, and essays, among other writings. In her 1995 horror novel, Zombie, she seductively draws readers into the mind of a serial killer on the order of Jeffrey Dahmer. While straying from fact far enough to avoid the more heinous aspects of Dahmer-like acts, Oates plugs readers directly into the reality of her fictitious protagonist, Quentin P, who "exists in a haze of fantasies blurred by drugs and alcohol and by his inherent mental condition of violent and frenzied desires, thoughts and obsessions," according to New York Times Book Review critic Steven Marcus. Through the twisted experimentation on young men (involving, among other things, an ice pick) that Quentin hopes will enable him to create a zombie-like companion who will remain loyal to him forever.

Within her nonfiction writing, Oates's foray into sports philosophy resulted in the book-length essay On Boxing, which led to at least one television appearance as a commentator for the sport. She also submitted a mystery novel to a publisher under a pseudonym and had the thrill of having it accepted before word leaked out that it was Oates's creation. Inspired by her husband's name, in 1988 Oates published the novel Lives of the Twins under the name Rosamond Smith to get an unbiased reading. She would use the Smith pseudonym again for several more mystery novels, including Soul/Mate, a story about a lovesick psycho-killer, Nemesis, another mystery concerning aberrational academics, and Snake Eyes, a tale of a tattooed psychopathic artist.

Oates's 1997 novel Man Crazy is a reverse image of Zombie; it tells the first-person story of a "pathological serial victim," Ingrid Boone, who through a rag-tag childhood, a promiscuous and drugged-out adolescence, and a stint with a satanic motorcycle cult, has her personal identity nearly destroyed.

Published in 2000, one of Oates's most successful novels to date is Blonde, a fictional re-working of the life of Marilyn Monroe. Booklist contributor Donna Seaman commented that the author "liberates the real woman behind the mythological creature called Marilyn Monroe." A Publishers Weekly contributor found the novel "dramatic, provocative and unsettlingly suggestive," adding that Oates "creates a striking and poignant portrait of the mythic star and the society that made and failed her." A contributor to World Literature Today, Rita D. Jacobs wrote that Blonde "makes the reader feel extraordinarily empathetic toward the character Marilyn Monroe and her longing for acceptance and a home of her own."

Oates's first published works were short stories, and she has continued to pen them throughout her career. Her collections of short fiction alone amount to more work than many writers finish in a lifetime. Whether in macabre horror stories such as those in The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque or in realistic works such as those found in Faithless: Tales of Transgression, Oates offers "a map of the mind's dark places," wrote New York Times Book Review contributor Margot Livesey. Orlando Sentinel correspondent Mary Ann Horne stated that in Faithless Oates "does what she does best … delving into the dark areas of ordinary consciousness, bringing back startling images from the undercurrent of modern fears and secrets."

Oates uses secrets as a diving board for her exploration of a small town's psyche in Middle Age: A Romance, published in 2001. The book opens with the drowning death of sculptor Adam Brandt as he tries to rescue a child. His death becomes a catalyst for the residents of Salthill-on-Hudson, New York. Adam's former lovers begin to investigate his life, dissatisfied husbands become inspired to finally leave, and singles find their soul mates. In Booklist, Carol Haggas approved of the title: "Few caught in the throes of middle age would categorize it as ‘romantic,’ yet what makes Oates's characters romantic is how well they fare on their journeys of personal reinvention and whether they, and the reader, enjoy the trip." While the book received some criticism for lack of a linear plot, New York Times critic Claire Dederer viewed that as a strength of Oates's writing, noting: "Naked of a compelling plot, in a strange sense Oates's remarkable ability is clearer than ever. We have time to notice the careful construction of theme, the attention to a cohesive philosophy, the resonant repetition of detail." More than one reviewer noted that the ending of Middle Age proves more redemptive than most of Oates's previous fictions. As Beth Kephart summarized in Book, "There is light, a lot of it, at the end of this long book." A Publishers Weekly contributor wrote that it is "reminiscent of her powerful Black Water, but equipped with a happy ending, Oates's latest once more confirms her mastery of the form."

From the introspection of middle age, Oates moved to the self-discovery of early adulthood in I'll Take You There. Called her most autobiographical novel to date, the book deals with an unnamed protagonist as she comes of age at Syracuse University in the early 1960s. Like Oates, "Anellia" (as she calls herself) is raised on a farm in western New York state and is the first in her family to go to college. Anellia cloaks herself in guilt and low self-esteem, bequeathed to her by her brothers and father. They blame her for her mother's death from cancer developed shortly after Anellia was born. Desperate for a mother figure and female companionship, the poor Anellia joins a snobby, bigoted sorority where she seems to be singled out for torment because of her finances and lack of grooming. She feels special pain from the antagonistic relationship she has with the sorority's British housemother, Mrs. Thayer. She uncovers Mrs. Thayer's excessive drinking and both of them are forced to leave the house, humiliated.

Still desperate for love and affection, she starts an affair with African American philosophy graduate student Vernon Matheius. Vernon is intent on ignoring the civil rights struggles of the times, believing that philosophy is his personal salvation. Their relationship is categorized by discord and Anellia also snoops through his life and uncovers the fact that he has a wife and children he is denying. As Anellia deals with the fallout from her discovery and her separation from Vernon, she receives word that her father, who she thought dead, is dying in Utah. She travels west to be with him at his bedside, hoping to gain a sense of familial kinship. In a twist of irony, she is not allowed to look directly at her father, but steals a glimpse of him through a mirror, which kills him from distress when he sees her.

Critics and fans described I'll Take You There as a hallmark of Oates's consistent excellence in style, form, and theme. Los Angeles Times Book Review critic Stanley Crouch praised Oates's "masterful strength of the form, the improvisational attitude toward sentence structure and the foreshadowing, as well as the deft use of motifs." Even perceived weaknesses by some critics are regarded by others as quintessential Oatesian mechanics. In Rachel Collins's review for Library Journal, she questioned the heavy use of characterization and psychological backgrounding that takes place in about the first one hundred pages. A Publishers Weekly reviewer reflected that "Oates's fans will be pleased by the usual care with which she goes about constructing the psychology of Anellia and Vernon." Collins went on to call the book "a bit formulaic," noting that the romance between Anellia and Vernon lacks "the intense sexual energy present in Oates's other works." Booklist contributor Donna Seaman wrote that the scenes with Anellia and Vernon are "intense and increasingly psychotic" and Oates's "eroticism verges on the macabre and the masochistic." Vicky Hutchings in the New Statesman concluded the book is neither "depressing nor dull, but full of edgy writing as well as mordant wit."

Published in 2003, The Tattooed Girl is the story of thirty-nine-year-old writer Joshua Seigl, who has been diagnosed with a debilitating nerve condition. In need of an assistant, he interviews and rejects a number of graduate students, and impulsively hires the vacuous Alma Busch. While it seems like an act of charity, Seigl is increasingly patronizing to Alma, thinking that he has "rescued" her. Alma is described as dim-witted and slow, suffering from a lack of self-esteem and scarred by past sexual trauma, which resulted in the crude tattoo on her face. Seigl, of course, is unaware of Alma's anti-Semitism, which is born of her disfigurement and fueled by her sadistic waiter boyfriend, Dmitri Meatte. As Seigl's health deteriorates, Alma gains psychological strength to sabotage Seigl's health, finances, and mental well-being and eventually hatches a plan to take his life. A Kirkus Reviews contributor called The Tattooed Girl "better-than-average Oates." A contributor to Booklist described The Tattooed Girl as a "mesmerizing, disturbing tale" told with "her usual cadenced grace."

Also published in 2003 was Oates's second book for young adult readers, Small Avalanches and Other Stories, in which she reprises some of her previously published short stories for adults as well as new material. The twelve stories all deal with young people taking risks and dealing with their consequences. As with her adult fiction, Oates maintains her dark tone. School Library Journal reviewer Allison Follos observed: "The stories have a slow, deliberate, and unsettling current."

In 2004 Oates began publishing suspense novels under a new pseudonym. Writing as Lauren Kelly, Oates has been true to her prolific nature. Indeed, the first three novels published under the moniker were released in less than two years. In the first novel, Take Me, Take Me with You, research assistant Lara Quade is mysteriously sent a ticket to a concert. When she redeems the ticket, she finds that her seatmate, Zedrick Dewe is there under identical circumstances. As the story progresses, Lara and Zed's relationship begins to grow, and they eventually discover that their pasts are linked. Reviewing the novel for Library Journal, Stacy Alesi called the story "haunting and beautifully written." Interestingly, a Kirkus Reviews contributor used similar terms to describe the second Kelly novel, The Stolen Heart. The critic wrote that the novel is "a haunting portrait of grief and psychological fragility." The Stolen Heart begins when Merilee Graf is twenty-six years old. When Merilee was ten years old, one of her classmates vanished and was never found. Sixteen years later, Merilee's chance encounter with the missing girl's brother coincides with the death of her own father. Merilee's recollections of the disappearance are then triggered by these events. A Publishers Weekly contributor called the story "oddly compelling."

Oates takes on the issue of school violence in her novel for young adults titled Big Mouth & Ugly Girl. The novel revolves around the friendship and budding romance between Matt Donaghy, who is accused of threatening to blow up the local high school, and Ursula Riggs, whose coach and teammates believe that she missed a game-winning basketball shot on purpose. Writing in Horn Book, Roger Sutton noted that the author's "gift for telling dialogue is … in evidence." Kliatt contributor Paula Rohrlick wrote that the author "shows the same skill in portraying family dynamics and violence that she has in her adult fiction."

Fifteen-year-old Francesca (Franky) Pierson is narrator of Freaky Green Eyes, which tells the story of a marriage falling apart. In this thriller, Franky's mother tries to get away from her abusive father but eventually disappears, which leads Franky to question whether or not her father killed her. "Oates creates a suspenseful story about a strong, intelligent young woman," wrote Claire Rosser in Kliatt. In a review in the School Library Journal, Francisca Goldsmith noted that the author "gives Franky a credible and engaging voice."

Rape: A Love Story features Bethie Maguire, a twelve-year-old who falls in love with John Dromoor, a policeman who investigates the gang rape of Bethie's mother, Teena, which Bethie witnesses. When the men are identified and brought to trial, they claim their innocence and say that Teena was being paid for sex. In her story, Oates describes the effects that the incident has not only on Bethie but also on her mother, the policeman, and the men who raped Teena. Gillian Flynn, writing in Entertainment Weekly, commented that the author's "frank, calm writing has a dazing effect." In a review in the Library Journal, Josh Cohen wrote that "this short work builds in suspense until the final page."

In her picture book, Where is Little Reynard?, Oates presents a children's tale about a kitten that is the runt of litter and largely ignored. When two little foxes, Rusty and Flora, entice Reynard out into the snow to play, the little cat returns with new confidence and respect. "Susceptible readers will be charmed," wrote John Peters in Booklist.

The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art features twelve previously published essays by the author concerning the craft of writing. Focusing on such wide-ranging issues as inspiration and failure, the author uses diaries from other writers and her personal experiences to provide general instructions to budding writers. Noting that the author "is more inspirational than practical," Chuck Leddy also wrote in his review in the Writer: "What she does do is brilliantly express her faith in reading and writing as distinctly worthwhile endeavors." The book also contains an interview with Oates about her novel Blonde. Marianne Orme, writing in the Library Journal, commented that "those who aspire to write will find the essays instructive." Booklist's Donna Seaman wrote that "Oates is commanding in her knowledge and deeply moving in her candor."

In her novel The Falls, Oates sets the scene in Niagara Falls in 1950. When their wedding night proves to be a fiasco, Ariah Erskine's husband, a latent homosexual, throws himself into Niagara Falls. Ariah goes on to remarry and have three children but harbors feelings that she is gong to be abandoned again. Writing in the Library Journal, Joshua Cohen commented that the author "uses the falls metaphor to powerful effect, dramatizing how our lives can get swept up by forces beyond our control." Eventually, when Ariah's husband Dirk decides to help a mother in trouble from poisoning at Love Canal, Ariah becomes jealous and begins to destroy their marriage as her husband becomes involved in a legal battle that threatens to destroy him. Noting that the author "infuses the narrative with unexpected subtlety," Ellen Shapiro also wrote in People that "this immensely satisfying novel doesn't deny … the hope of redemption." A Publishers Weekly contributor commented: "Her febrile prose is especially appropriate to a story as turbulent as the tumultuous waters that have claimed many lives over the years." The reviewer went on to note that the author "spins a haunting story." Several reviewers also noted the author's biting account of the real-life event of Love Canal, which was one of the first and most toxic sites discovered in residential America. "This big, enthralling novel recaptures the gift for Dreiserian realism that distinguishes such Oates triumphs as them, What I Lived For, and We Were the Mulvaneys, wrote a Kirkus Reviews contributor. "It's her best ever and a masterpiece."

Sexy is a novel that explores Oates's interest in the relationship between violence and sex. Darren Flynn is a shy sixteen-year-old who suddenly finds himself a popular member of the swim team. Eventually, Darren begins to believe that his English teacher, Mr. Tracy, is making advances to him as his teammates plot to make up lies about the teacher being a child molester in response to receiving bad grades. A Publishers Weekly contributor commented that the author "uses the uncertain teen's viewpoint to mine the gray area, inviting readers to draw their own conclusions about the events."

Oates's short-story collection, I Am No One You Know: Stories, features nineteen previously published stories "considering the issue of unnatural death," according to Josh Cohen in Library Journal. The author also writes about relationships, including a tale about an illicit love affair between a student and a teacher. Other stories include one about the September 11 terrorist attacks. Donna Seaman, writing in Booklist, commented that "her new searing short stories explore the malevolent aspects of human sexuality with unflinching authenticity and a cathartic fascination." Another short-story collection, High Lonesome: New & Selected Stories, 1966-2006, was called "an imposing collection" by a Kirkus Reviews contributor.

Black Girl/White Girl is a "a brooding analysis of racial relations and white liberal guilt," according to a Kirkus Reviews contributor. Told in retrospect by Generva "Genna" Meade, the story focuses on Genna's time at Schuyler College and her relationship with Minette Swift, Genna's unlikable black roommate. Elissa Schappell, writing in the New York Times Book Review, wrote that "Oates is grappling with some big issues here."

After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away is a young adult novel about fifteen-year-old Jenna, who survives a car wreck that kills her mother. Living with her aunt and uncle, Jenna must deal with the stress of her mother's death as she falls in love with a mysterious boy named Crow. A Kirkus Reviews contributor commented that the novel "won't disappoint fans of her [Oates's] teen writing."

In The Gravedigger's Daughter Oates's story revolves around the chance meeting in 1959 between Rebecca Schwart and a man who seems harmless but is, in reality, a serial killer. The novel reveals Rebecca's own violent past, which includes her father killing her mother and committing suicide. Rebecca is also on the run with her son from her husband who beats her. When the serial killer mistakenly identifies Rebecca as someone else named Hazel Jones, Rebecca takes the woman's name to assume a new identity. A Publishers Weekly contributor commented that The Gravedigger's Daughter explores "two of her [the author's] recurring themes: the provisionality of identity and the awful suddenness of male violence."

In addition to her fiction and poetry, Oates lays claim to a large body of critical essays, ranging in subject matter from literature and politics to sports and quality of life. Although she has said that she does not write quickly, she also has admitted to a driving discipline that keeps her at her desk for long hours. In an era of computers, she continues to write her first drafts in longhand and then to type them on conventional typewriters. She told Writer: "Writing to me is very instinctive and natural. It has something to do with my desire to memorialize what I know of the world. The act of writing is a kind of description of an inward or spiritual reality that is otherwise inaccessible. I love transcribing this; there's a kind of passion to it."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

BOOKS

Allen, Mary, The Necessary Blankness: Women in Major American Fiction of the Sixties, University of Illinois Press (Champaign, IL), 1974.

Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Volume 11, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI).

Bender, Eileen, Joyce Carol Oates, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 1987.

Bloom, Harold, editor, Modern Critical Views: Joyce Carol Oates, Chelsea House (New York, NY), 1987.

Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography: Broadening Views, 1968-1988, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1989.

Contemporary Literary Criticism, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), Volume 1, 1973, Volume 2, 1974, Volume 3, 1975, Volume 6, 1976, Volume 9, 1978, Volume 11, 1979, Volume 15, 1980, Volume 19, 1981, Volume 33, 1985, Volume 52, 1989, Volume 108, 1998.

Contemporary Novelists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 2001.

Contemporary Poets, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1996.

Contemporary Popular Writers, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1997.

Daly, Brenda O, Lavish Self-Divisions: The Novels of Joyce Carol Oates, University Press of Mississippi (Jackson, MS), 1996.

Dictionary of Literary Biography, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), Volume 2: American Novelists since World War II, 1978, Volume 5: American Poets since World War II, 1980, Volume 130, American Short Story Writers since World War II, 1993.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 1981, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1982.

Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd edition, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1998.

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1999.

Feminist Writers, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1996.

Johnson, Greg, Understanding Joyce Carol Oates, University of South Carolina Press (Columbia, SC), 1987.

Johnson, Greg, Joyce Carol Oates: A Study of the Short Fiction, Twayne (Boston, MA), 1994.

Johnson, Greg, Invisible Writer: A Biography of Joyce Carol Oates, Dutton (New York, NY), 1998.

Mayer, Sigrid, and Martha Hanscom, The Reception of Joyce Carol Oates's and Gabriele Wohlmann's Short Fiction, Camden House (Columbia, SC), 1998.

Modern American Literature, 5th edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1997.

Reference Guide to American Literature, 4th edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1999.

Reference Guide to Short Fiction, 2nd edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1999.

St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost, and Gothic Writers, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998.

Short Story Criticism, Volume 6, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1990.

Twentieth-Century Culture: American Culture after World War II, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1994.

Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers, 2nd edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1990.

Wagner, Linda W, editor, Joyce Carol Oates: The Critical Reception, G.K. Hall (Boston, MA), 1979.

Waller, G.F, Dreaming America: Obsession and Transcendence in the Fiction of Joyce Carol Oates, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1979.

Watanabe, Nancy Ann, Love Eclipsed: Joyce Carol Oates's Faustian Moral Vision, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 1997.

PERIODICALS

America, March 16, 1996, Patrick H, "Communion: Contemporary Writers Reveal the Bible in Their Lives," p. 18; November 17, 2003, Richard Fusco, review of A Garden of Earthly Delights, p. 19.

Antioch Review, winter, 1994, review of Where Is Here?; spring, 1995, Peggy Saari, review of What I Lived For.

Atlantic, October 1969, review of Them,; p. 128; December 1973, review of Do with Me What You Will, p. 127; November 1, 1990, Phoebe-Lou Adams, review of I Lock My Door upon Myself, p. 173; April 1, 2006, "A Close Read: What Makes Good Writing Good," p. 110.

Book, March, 2001, Susan Tekulve, review of Faithless: Tales of Transgression, p. 70; November-December, 2001, Beth Kephart, review of Middle Age: A Romance, p. 65.

Book World, September 12, 2004, "Fiction: Taking the Plunge," p. 6; October 23, 2005, "Left Behind: In Joyce Carol Oates's New Novel, a Whiny, Self-indulged Narrator Tries to Understand Her Murdered Mother," p. 6; November 19, 2006, "The Odd Couple: A White Woman Looks Back at the Deadly Racial Tensions of Her College Years," p. 7.

Booklist, October 15, 1992, Barbara Duree, review of The Sophisticated Cat: A Gathering of Stories, Poems, and Miscellaneous Writings about Cats, p. 393; March 1, 1994, Margaret Flanagan, review of Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque, p. 1181; July 1, 1994, Mary Frances Wilkens, review of What I Lived For, p. 1893; January 15, 1995, Brad Hooper, review of You Can't Catch Me, p. 869, and Jack Helbig, review of The Perfectionist and Other Plays, p. 892; February 15, 1996, Brad Hooper, review of Will You Always Love Me and Other Stories, p. 989; March 1, 1997, Brad Hooper, review of Double Delight, p. 1069; April 15, 1998, Brad Hooper, review of My Heart Laid Bare, p. 1357; August 1, 1998, John Peters, review of Come Meet Muffin!, p. 2016; January 1, 1999, Brad Hooper, review of Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon, p. 834; May 1, 1999, Brad Hooper, review of Broke Heart Blues, p. 1559; July, 1999, Donna Seaman, review of Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going: Essays, Reviews, and Prose, p. 1917; January 1, 2000, Donna Seaman, review of Blonde, p. 835; August 1, 2000, Mary Carroll, review of Snapshots: 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction, p. 2116; February 1, 2001, Donna Seaman, review of Faithless, p. 1020; July, 2001, Carol Haggas, review of Middle Age, p. 1952; October 1, 2001, Donna Seaman, review of Beasts, p. 300; May 15, 2002, Michael Cart, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 1594; August, 2002, Donna Seaman, review of I'll Take You There, p. 1886; November 15, 2002, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl; January 1, 2003, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 796; March 1, 2003, Joanne Wilkenson, review of The Tattooed Girl, p. 1108; March 15, 2003, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 1297; September 1, 2003, John Peters, review of Where Is Little Reynard?, p. 130; October 1, 2003, Donna Seaman, review of The Faith of a Writer, p. 294; November 1, 2003, Donna Seaman, review of Rape: A Love Story, p. 459; December 1, 2003, Ilene Cooper, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 660; March 1, 2004, Donna Seaman, review of I Am No One You Know, p. 1135; May 1, 2004, Joanne Wilkinson, review of The Falls, p. 1483; February 1, 2005, Cindy Dobrez, review of Sexy, p. 954; February 15, 2005, Donna Seaman, review of Uncensored: Views & Views, p. 1052; June 1, 2005, Donna Seaman, review of Missing Mom, p. 1713; October 15, 2005, Allison Block, review of The Female of the Species, p. 33; March 15, 2006, Donna Seaman, review of High Lonesome: Stories, 1966-2006, p. 29; July 1, 2006, Hazel Rochman, review of After the Wreck I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away, p. 51; July 1, 2006, Donna Seaman, review of Black Girl/White Girl, p. 7; March 15, 2007, Donna Seaman, review of The Gravedigger's Daughter, p. 5

Books, January 11, 2004, Mary Harris Russell, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 5; November 5, 2006, "Joyce Carol Oates' Portrait of 2 Young Women and Their Troublesome Times and Lives," p. 5.

Bookseller, October 7, 2005, Katie Hemingway, review of Mother Missing, p. 13.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, March 1, 2005, Deborah Stevenson, review of Sexy, p. 302; October 1, 2006, Deborah Stevenson, review of After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away, p. 88.

Center for Children's Books Bulletin, June 1, 2002, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 377; November 1, 2003, Deborah Stevenson, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 117.

Chicago Tribune Book World, August 16, 1981, review of Contraries, p. 5; February 23, 1986, review of Marya, a Life, p. 7.

Christian Century, January 13, 2004, p. 7.

Christian Science Monitor, October 30, 1969, Joanne Leedom, review of Them, p. 12.

Critical Survey, September 1, 2006, "Joyce Carol Oates Reread: Overview and Interview with the Author," p. 92.

Entertainment Weekly, October 28, 1994, Vanessa V. Friedman, review of What I Lived For, p. 85; August 7, 1998, Megan Harlan, review of My Heart Laid Bare, p. 70; July 30, 1999, review of My Heart Laid Bare, p. 65; June 20, 2003, review of The Tattooed Girl, p. 78; January 9, 2004, Gillian Flynn, review of Rape, p. 83; April 14, 2006, "Joyce Carol Oates 101," p. 95.

Hollins Critic, December 1, 1991, Jacqueline Walton Roemer, review of Heat, p. 13.

Horn Book Magazine, July 1, 2002, Roger Sutton, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 469; November 1, 2003, Roger Sutton, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 752; March 1, 2005, Lauren Adams, review of Sexy, p. 206.

Kansas City Star, November 10, 2004, review of Joyce Carol Oates Tosses Challenging Characters into ‘The Falls’ November 10, 2004, review of The Falls.

Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2001, review of Beasts, p. 1387; April 15, 2002, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 575; December 15, 2002, review of I'll Take You There, p. 1855; April 1, 2003, review of The Tattooed Girl, p. 501; August 1, 2003, review of Where Is Little Reynald?, p. 1021; September 1, 2003, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 1128; November 1, 2003, review of Rape, p. 1292; January 1, 2004, review of I Am No One You Know: Stories, p. 11; March 15, 2004, review of Take Me, Take Me with You, p. 244; June 15, 2004, review of The Falls, p. 555; December 15, 2004, review of Uncensored: Views & Views, p. 1188; February 15, 2005, review of Sexy, p. 235; May 15, 2005, review of The Stolen Heart, p. 559; July 1, 2005, review of Missing Mom, p. 705; November 1, 2005, review of The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense, p. 1165; February 15, 2006, review of High Lonesome: New & Selected Stories, 1966-2006, p. 153; May 15, 2006, review of Black Girl/White Girl, p. 10; June 15, 2006, review of Black Girl/White Girl, p. 597; September 15, 2006, review of After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away, p. 962.

Kliatt, May 1, 2002, Paula Rohrlick, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 13; July 1, 2003, Paula Rohrlick, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 25; September 1, 2003, Claire Rosser, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 10; March 1, 2005, Michele Winship, review of Sexy, p. 15; May 1, 2005, Claire Rosser, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 29; March 1, 2006, Michele Winship, review of Sexy, p. 24; July 1, 2006, Janis Flint-Ferguson, review of After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away, p. 12.

Library Journal, January 1, 1994, Robert C. Moore, review of Haunted, p. 168; August 1, 1994, Patricia Ross, review of What I Lived For, p. 132; January 1, 1995, Howard E. Miller, review of The Perfectionist and Other Plays, p. 102; February 15, 1995, Charles Michaud, review of You Can't Catch Me, p. 183; February 1, 1996, Patricia Ross, review of Will You Always Love Me? and Other Stories, p. 102; August, 1996, Barbara Mann, review of American Appetites, p. 113; September 1, 1996, Frank Allen, review of Tenderness, p. 182; March 15, 1997, V. Louise Saylor, review of Double Delight, p. 92; May 15, 1998, Joshua Cohen, review of My Heart Laid Bare, p. 116; December 1, 1998, Joshua Cohen, review of Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon, p. 158; May 15, 1999, Joshua Cohen, review of Broke Heart Blues, p. 127; August, 1999, Nancy Patterson Shires, review of Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going, p. 89; August, 2000, Mary Jones, review of The Best American Essays of the Century, p. 102; April 1, 2001, Caroline Mann, review of The Barrens, p. 133; July, 2001, Rebecca Bollen, review of Faithless, p. 74; August, 2001, Josh Cohen, review of Middle Age, p. 164; September 15, 2001, Rochelle Ratner, review of We Were the Mulvaneys, p. 130; October 1, 2001, review of Beasts, p. 143; September 15, 2002, Rachel Collins, review of I'll Take You There, p. 93; October 1, 2003, Marianne Orme, review of The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art, p. 75; January 1, 2004, Josh Cohen, review of Rape, p. 159; February 1, 2004, Joshua Cohen, review of I Am No One You Know, p. 126; March 15, 2004, Stacy Alesi, review of Take Me, Take Me with You, p. 106; May 15, 2004, Joshua Cohen, review of The Falls, p. 116; May 1, 2005, Joyce Sparrow, review of Uncensored: Views & Views, p. 84; September 1, 2005, Susanne Wells, review of Missing Mom, p. 133; October 1, 2005, Rex E. Klett, review of The Female of the Species, p. 62; March 1, 2006, Joshua Cohen, review of High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories, 1966-2006, p. 80; July 1, 2006, Starr E. Smith, review of Black Girl/White Girl, p. 69; January 1, 2007, Erica Swenson Danowitz, review of Conversations, 1970-2006, p. 110.

Library Media Connection, January 1, 2003, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 91; March 1, 2004, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 68.

Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2003, Josh Cohen, review of The Tattooed Girl, p. 126; October 1, 2003, Marianne Orme, review of The Faith of a Writer, p. 75; January, 2004, Josh Cohen, review of Rape, p. 159; February 1, 2004, Joshua Cohen, review of I Am No One You Know, p. 126; March 1, 2004, Rochelle Ratner, review of The Tattooed Girl, p. 126.

Los Angeles Times Book Review, September 19, 1982, review of A Bloodsmoor Romance, p. 1; January 8, 1984, review of Mysteries of Winterthurn, p. 1; September 30, 1984, review of Last Days: Stories, p. 10; January 6, 1985, review of Solstice, p. 3; March 1, 1987, review of On Boxing, p. 3; August 16, 1987, review of You Must Remember This, p. 1; January 15, 1989, review of American Appetites, p. 3; May 10, 1992, Richard Eder, review of Black Water, p. 2; August 22, 1993, Cynthia Kadohata, review of Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, p. 3; October 22, 1995, review of Zombie, p. 6; January 26, 2003, Stanley Crouch, review of I'll Take you There, p. 3.

M2 Best Books, August 31, 2006, "Chicago Tribune Literary Prize Awarded to Joyce Carol Oates,".

Marvels & Tales, October 1, 2002, Kate Bernheimer, review of Beasts, p. 313.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 13, 2003, review of ‘Freaky’ Taps into Teen Angst.

MBR Bookwatch, March 1, 2005, Vicki Arkoff, review of Sexy.

Mosaic, December 1, 1998, "Figuring and Disfiguring: Joyce Carol Oates on Boxing and the Paintings of George Bellows," p. 135.

Nation, July 2, 1990, review of Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, pp. 27-29.

National Catholic Reporter, May 27, 1994, Michael Lee, review of Haunted, p. 20; May 11, 2001, Barbara Bartocci, review of Snapshots: 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction, p. 44.

New Leader, January 1, 2002, Brooke Allen, review of Beasts, p. 28.

New Statesman, January 27, 2003, Vicky Hutchings, review of I'll Take You There, p. 55; January 19, 2004, Helena Echlin, review of The Tattooed Girl, p. 55; June 27, 2005, "Before and After," p. 53.

New Statesman & Society, December 8, 1995, Mary Scott, review of What I Lived For, p. 31.

Newsweek, September 29, 1969, review of them, p. 120; August 17, 1981, review of Angel of Light, p. 74; September 20, 1982, review of A Bloodsmoor Romance, p. 91; February 6, 1984, review of Mysteries of Winterthurn, p. 79; January 21, 1985, review of Solstice, p. 71; March 24, 1986, review of Marya: A Life, p. 75; March 9, 1987, review of On Boxing, p. 68; August 17, 1987, review of You Must Remember This, p. 69; April 10, 2000, David Gates, review of Goodbye, Norma Jeane, p. 76.

New Yorker, December 6, 1969, review of Them, p. 238; October 15, 1973, review of Do with Me What You Will, p. 185; October 5, 1981, review of Angel of Light, p. 192; September 27, 1982, review of A Bloodsmoor Romance, p. 145; February 27, 1984, review of Mysteries of Winterthurn, p. 133.

New York Review of Books, October 21, 1971, review of Wonderland, p. 3; January 24, 1974, review of Do with Me What You Will, p. 36; October 21, 1982, review of A Bloodsmoor Romance, p. 12; August 16, 1990, review of Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart, p. 22; December 21, 1995, review of Later Novels and other Writings, p. 32; August 12, 1999, Lorrie Moore, review of Broke Heart Blues, p. 22.

New York Times, September 5, 1967, review of Garden of Earthly Delights, p. 45; December 7, 1968, review of Expensive People, p. 45; October 1, 1969, John Leonard, review of Them, p. 45; October 16, 1971, review of Wonderland, p. 29; June 12, 1972, review of The Edge of Impossibility, p. 33; October 15, 1973, review of Do with Me What You Will, p. 35; July 20, 1980, John Leonard, review of Bellefleur, p. 1; August 6, 1981, review of Angel of Light, p. 19; September 18, 1982, review of A Bloodsmoor Romance, p. 13; February 10, 1984, review of Mysteries of Winterthurn, p. 24; January 10, 1985, review of Solstice, p. 19; February 20, 1986, review of Marya, p. 23; February 10, 1987, Edwin McDowell, p. 25; March 2, 1987, review of On Boxing, p. 17; March 4, 1987, review of On Boxing, p. 47; March 15, 1987, review of On Boxing, p. 8; August 10, 1987, review of You Must Remember This, p. 17; August 16, 1987, review of You Must Remember This, p. 3; January 3, 1988, review of Lives of the Twins, p. 5; April 23, 1988, review of Reading the Fights, p. 13; October 2, 1988, review of The Assignation, p. 11; December 21, 1988, review of American Appetites, p. B4; January 1, 1989, review of American Appetites, p. 5; June 4, 1989, review of Soul/Mate, p. 16; March 30, 1990, review of Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart, p. B4; May 10, 1992, review of Black Water, p. 1; August 15, 1993, review of Foxfire, p. 6; February 13, 1994, review of Haunted, p. 34; October 16, 1994, review of What I Lived For, p. 7; October 8, 1995, review of Zombie, p. 13; March 10, 1996, review of Will You Always Love Me?, p. 7; March 7, 1999, Margot Livesey, "Jellyfish for Dessert Again?," review of Faithless, p. 29; September 16, 2001, Claire Dederer, "AARP Recruits," p. 7; July 13, 2003, Sophie Harrison, review of Now I Have Saved Her, (review of The Tattooed Girl), p. 15; August 29, 2003, Michiko Kakutani, review of The Tattooed Girl, p. E32.

New York Times Book Review, September 10, 1967, review of Garden of Earthly Delights, p. 5; November 3, 1968, review of Expensive People, p. 5; September 28, 1969, review of them, p. 4; October 25, 1970, review of The Wheel of Love, p. 4; July 9, 1972, review of The Edge of Impossibility, p. 23; April 1, 1973, review of Angel Fire, p. 7; October 14, 1973, review of Do with Me What You Will, p. 1; August 31, 1975, review of The Seduction and Other Stories, p. 6; November 26, 1978, review of Son of the Morning, p. 11; April 29, 1979, review of Women Whose Lives Are Food, Men Whose Lives Are Money, p. 15; October 7, 1979, review of Unholy Loves, p. 9; January 4, 1981, review of A Sentimental Education, p. 1; August 16, 1981, review of Angel of Light, p. 1; September 5, 1982, review of A Bloodsmoor Romance, p. 1; February 12, 1984, review of Mysteries of Winterthurn, p. 7; August 5, 1984, review of Last Days, p. 7; January 20, 1985, review of Solstice, p. 4; March 2, 1986, review of Marya, p. 7; October 5, 1986, review of Raven's Wing, p. 9; January 1, 1989, Robert Towers, review of American Appetites, p. 5; May 10, 1992, Richard Bausch, review of Black Water, p. 1; August 15, 1993, Lynn Karpen, review of Foxfire, p. 6; October 8, 1995, Steven Marcus, review of Zombie, p. 13; March 7, 1999, Margot Livesey, "Jellyfish for Dinner Again?," p. 29; May 20, 2001, Marilyn Stasio, review of The Barrens, p. 41; January 6, 2002, Amy Benfer, review of Beasts, p. 16; May 19, 2002, Lois Metzger, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 32; October 20, 2002, "The Consola- tion of Philosophy: Joyce Carol Oates's Heroine and Her Lover Have Faith in the Power of Logic," p. 7; July 13, 2003, Sophie Harrison, review of Now I Have Saved Her, p. 15; December 21, 2003, "Books in Brief: Nonfiction," p. 20; April 18, 2004, "Books in Brief: Fiction & Poetry," p. 28; September 19, 2004, "Force of Nature," p. 7; April 17, 2005, "Them and Her.views," p. 14; October 9, 2005, "The Lady Vanishes," p. 8; January 22, 2006, review of Women on the Verge, p. 14; April 30, 2006, "People Who Hurt People," p. 18; October 15, 2006, "Roommates and Strangers," p. 16.

New York Times Magazine, July 27, 1980, Lucinda Franks, review of The Emergence of Joyce Carol Oates, p. 22.

Observer (London, England), August 27, 1989, Hermione Lee, review of American Appetites.

Orlando Sentinel, June 27, 2001, Mary Ann Horne, review of Faithless.

People, September 30, 1991, Leah Rozen, review of Heat and Other Stories, p. 25; June 8, 1998, Paula Chin, review of My Heart Laid Bare, p. 49; October 11, 2004, Ellen Shapiro, review of The Falls, p. 53.

Philadelphia Inquirer, August 23, 2006, Katie Haegele, review of After the Wreck.

PR Newswire, April 27, 2003, "PNC Honors Five Giants in the Arts, Science and Public Service."

Publishers Weekly, September 21, 1990, Sybil Steinberg, review of I Lock My Door upon Myself, p. 64; March 15, 1991, Sybil Steinberg, review of The Rise of Life on Earth, p. 44; July 5, 1991, review of Heat, p. 55; August 10, 1992, review of Where Is Here?, p. 54; August 31, 1992, review of The Sophisticated Cat, p. 63; January 17, 1994, review of Haunted, p. 406; August 15, 1994, review of What I Lived For, p. 86; November 7, 1994, review of What I Lived For, p. 40; December 19, 1994, review of Haunted, p. 52; January 23, 1995, review of You Can't Catch Me, p. 60; September 11, 1995, review of What I Lived For, p. 82; October 2, 1995, review of George Bellows: American Artist, p. 64; January 1, 1996, review of Will You Always Love Me?, p. 58; June 24, 1996, review of First Love, p. 44; August 5, 1996, review of We Were the Mulvaneys, p. 430; April 21, 1997, review of Double Delight, p. 58; April 20, 1998, review of My Heart Laid Bare, p. 45; July 20, 1998, review of Come Meet Muffin!, p. 219; December 21, 1998, review of Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon, p. 51; May 17, 1999, review of Broke Heart Blues, p. 55; June 28, 1999, review of Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going, p. 68; February 14, 2000, review of Blonde, p. 171, review of PW Talks with Joyce Carol Oates, p. 172; June 5, 2000, review of Blonde, p. 61; August 21, 2000, review of Snapshots, p. 48; January 29, 2001, review of Faithless, p. 65; March 26, 2001, review of The Barrens, p. 60; August 13, 2001, review of Middle Age, p. 284; October 22, 2001, review of Beasts, p. 43; April 22, 2002, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 71; June 10, 2002, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 27; August 26, 2002, Rachel Collins, review of I'll Take You There, p. 93; September 30, 2002, review of Best New American Voices 2003, p. 51; February 10, 2003, review of Small Avalanches and Other Stories, p. 189; April 21, 2003, review of The Tattooed Girl, p. 36; May 12, 2003, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 69; September 15, 2003, Kate Pavao, "PW Talks with Joyce Carol Oates," p. 65, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 66, and review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 69; November 10, 2003, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 38; November 24, 2003, review of Rape, p. 41; February 2, 2004, review of I Am No One You Know, p. 57; July 5, 2004, review of The Falls, p. 35; September 13, 2004, "Joyce Carol Oates: Prolific Oates," p. 54; February 7, 2005, review of Sexy, p. 61; May 30, 2005, review of The Stolen Heart, p. 40; August 8, 2005, review of Missing Mom, p. 209; September 19, 2005, review of The Female of the Species, p. 40; February 6, 2006, review of High Lonesome: Stories, 1966-2006, p. 41; June 19, 2006, review of Black Girl/White Girl, p. 35; August 21, 2006, review of After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away, p. 69; March 5, 2007, review of The Gravedigger's Daughter, p. 38.

Saturday Review, August 5, 1967, review of Garden of Earthly Delights, p. 23; October 26, 1968, review of Expensive People, p. 33; November 22, 1969, review of them, p. 71; October 24, 1970, review of The Wheel of Love, p. 36; June 10, 1972, review of The Edge of Impossibility, p. 63; August, 1981, review of Angel of Light, p. 44; March-April, 1985, Catherine Petroski, review of Solstice, p. 61.

School Library Journal, January 1, 1999, Amy Lilien, review of Come Meet Muffin!, p. 99; December 1, 1999, Francisca Goldsmith, review of Broke Heart Blues, p. 164; May 1, 2002, Miriam Lang Budin, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 158; December 1, 2002, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 44; July, 2003, Allison Follos, review of Small Avalanches and Other Stories, p. 134; September 1, 2003, Amy Lilien-Harper, review of Where Is Little Reynard?, p. 186; October 1, 2003, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 68; and Francisca Goldsmith, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 174; April, 2005, Courtney Lewis, review of Sexy, p. 138; October 1, 2006, Stephanie L. Petruso, review of After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away, p. 164.

Spectator, October 29, 2005, Diana Hendry, review of Missing Mom, p. 42.

Studies in the Novel, winter, 2006, Sharon L. Dean, review of "History and Representation in the Falls," "Introduction: Humility, Audacity and the Novels of Joyce Carol Oates," "Joyce Carol Oates: Writer, Colleague, Friend," and "Written Interviews and a Conversation with Joyce Carol Oates."

Time, November 1, 1968, review of Expensive People, p. 102; October 26, 1970, review of The Wheel of Love, p. 119; August 25, 1980, review of Bellefleur, p. 68; October 4, 1982, Patricia Blake, review of A Bloodsmoor Romance, p. 76; August 31, 1987, R.Z. Sheppard, review of You Must Remember This, p. 62; January 9, 1989, review of American Appetites, p. 57; April 17, 2000, Paul Gray, review of The Anatomy of an Icon, p. 82.

Times Literary Supplement, June 4, 1970, review of A Garden of Earthly Delights, p. 601; January 11, 1974, review of Do with Me What You Will, p. 25; September 12, 1980, review of Unholy Loves, p. 983; March 20, 1981, review of A Sentimental Education, p. 303; January 29, 1982, review of Angel of Light, p. 105; January 28, 1983, Adam Mars-Jones, review of A Bloodsmore Romance, p. 79; July 20, 1984, review of Mysteries of Winterthurn, p. 801; March 22, 1985, review of Solstice, p. 327; October 18, 1985, review of Last Days, p. 1170; January 16, 1987, review of Marya, p. 55; December 18, 1987, review of On Boxing, p. 1412; September 15, 1989, review of American Appetites, p. 997; August 13, 1993, Lorna Sage, review of Foxfire, p. 19; October 6, 2006, "Mendacious Roomie," p. 23.

Tribune Books (Chicago, IL), July 19, 1987, review of You Must Remember This, p. 7; April 15, 1990, review of Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart, p. 1; November 1, 1992, review of Where Is Here?, p. 7; December 12, 1993, review of Where Is Here?, p. 8; February 6, 1994, review of Haunted, p. 1; April 10, 1994, review of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, p. 10; October 16, 1994, review of What I Lived For, p. 5; December 4, 1994, review of Haunted, p. 1; December 4, 1994, review of What I Lived For, p. 1; February 19, 1995, review of Haunted, p. 10; March 5, 1995, review of You Can't Catch Me, p. 7; December 17, 1995, review of What I Lived For, p. 8; March 10, 1996, review of Will You Always Love Me? and Other Stories, p. 6; June 30, 2002, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 5; November 30, 2003, review of The Faith of a Writer, p. 6; December 7, 2003, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 5.

Voice of Youth Advocates, August 1, 2002, review of Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, p. 196; October 1, 2003, review of Freaky Green Eyes, p. 316; April 1, 2005, Stephanie L. Petruso, review of Sexy, p. 47; December 1, 2006, Sarah Flowers, review of After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away, p. 430.

Washington Post Book World, February 22, 1981, review of A Sentimental Education, p. 10; August 16, 1981, review of Contraries: Essays, p. 5; September 30, 1984, review of Last Days, p. 6; January 6, 1985, review of Solstice, p. 3; February 23, 1986, review of Marya, p. 7; November 30, 1986, review of Raven's Wing, p. 3; March 8, 1987, review of On Boxing, p. 4; January 8, 1989, Bruce Bawer, review of American Appetites, p. 1; April 8, 1990, Howard Frank Mosher, review of Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart, p. 1.

World Literature Today, fall, 1996, Elizabeth Powers, review of Will You Always Love Me? and Other Stories; January 1, 2000, review of Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon, p. 159; winter, 2001, Rita D. Jacobs, review of Blonde, p. 115; summer, 2003, James Knudson, review of Faithless, p. 92; September 1, 2006, Alan Cheuse, review of Review of High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories, 1966-2006, p. 33.

Writer, October, 2001, review of Joyce Carol Oates, p. 66; January 1, 2004, Chuck Leddy, review of The Faith of a Writer, p. 45.

Writer's Digest, February, 2001, Katie Struckel, "Find Identity with Joyce Carol Oates," p. 22.

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