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A Week in Literary History

June 16th, 2002

Super-prolific American novelist Joyce Carol Oates (them, 1969) is born in Lockport, N.Y. in 1938.

oatesJoyce Carol Oates, b. June 16, 1938

For the past twenty-five years, having won every other award, Oates has also been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. She thinks she will be chiefly remembered for two novels, them and Blonde, but all of her 40 novels, 8 novellas, and several dozen books of short stories are of a piece: strongly written, gripping, and deeply imagined. She will probably not be equalled again in her output, which also includes 14 plays, 9 books for children, 10 books of poetry, and 16 books of essays and memoirs.

Suggested Reading Novels them, 1969. Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart, 1990. Blonde, 2000. Non-fiction The Profane Art: Essays & Reviews, 1983. On Boxing, 1987. George Bellows: American Artist, 1995. Where I’vc Been, And Where I’m Going: Essays, Reviews, and Prose, 1999. A Widow’s Story: A Memoir, 2011.

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