Search Results: "Joyce Carol Oates"


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UPON THE SWEEPING FLOOD AND OTHER STORIES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1966

"An on-going talent— idling."
A second (By the North Gate- 1963) collection of short stories by the talented young "Southern" writer is, in a way, a disappointment, attenuating and accentuating as it does one of the main failings of the genre which at this point has become The Method. Read full book review >

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MY HEART LAID BARE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"That the result is also irresistibly comic is so much frosting on a sumptuous cake and one of the most inviting products of Oates's incomparably rich imagination."
Oates's 28th novel, another installment in the "Gothic Quintet" that includes such energetic faux romances as Bellefleur (1980) and Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984), is one of her most inventive and entertaining yet. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN GOTHIC TALES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"On balance, an entertaining and welcome collection, one of the more pleasing products of Oates's ceaseless energies."
A generous anthology of 46 stories, written between the late-18th century and the present, representing the genre characterized by editor Oates (in her Introduction) as "the surreal, raised to the level of poetry." Read full book review >

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BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES 2003 by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Varied and risky—with the fingerprint of Oates's fetish for the macabre."
Ultraprolific Oates (I'll Take You There, p. 985) perhaps doesn't have enough to do; this time out, she leans toward the experimental with 15 tales selected from writing programs' brightest and best. Read full book review >

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DEAR HUSBAND, by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2009

"One of this indefatigable author's best books in some time."
The latest of Oates' numerous collections offers 14 tales variously concerned with family relationships and crises. Read full book review >

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THE LOST LANDSCAPE by Joyce Carol Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though her past seems to her fragmentary and elusive, what she remembers—or imagines—is warmly, gently told."
Glimpses of the iconic writer's youth. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WITHOUT A SHADOW by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The maze of memory is an ideal setting for Oates' trademark mixture of melodrama and pathos."
Oates explores the lives of an amnesiac and the neuroscientist who studies and adores him. Read full book review >

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TALES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"But even without it this attractive volume offers a fine chance to sample Lovecraft's ghoulish pleasures."
A collection of ten prototypical stories by Lovecraft (1890-1937), the influential myth-and monster-maker of Providence, Rhode Island, whose extravagantly gothic tales have spawned and inspired such latterday disciples as Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell. Read full book review >

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SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1980

"But, on balance, it's a disappointing collection from a gifted, epically erratic writer."
Five stories and a novella—and, as Oates readers know, much charitable patience is needed in order not to fold in and will before Oates' pawkiness, her over-cementing of points, her long stretches of emptily elaborate prose. Read full book review >

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BLACK GIRL/WHITE GIRL by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Characteristically strident and forced—and it's a real shame. This could have been one of Oates's better books."
Oates's billionth is a brooding analysis of racial relations and white liberal guilt, which partially echoes her eerie novella Beasts (2001) and earlier major novel Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart. Read full book review >

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EVIL EYE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"With her focus on deviant and twisted characters, Oates continues to be a worthy descendant of the gothic tradition of Edgar Allan Poe."
Four novellas—and as the subtitle informs us, in each, love has definitely "gone wrong" in perverse and creepy ways. Read full book review >

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MARRIAGES AND INFIDELITIES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1972

"Commanding even if a few stories are only notebook exercises; all press forward into new ground."
A 'plot' is not fiction, as you know, but very real; it is the record of someone's brain, a trail like a snail's trail, sticky and shameful. . . ." Read full book review >