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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THE CORN MAIDEN AND OTHER NIGHTMARES by Joyce Carol Oates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"While the shadows of Poe and Hitchcock loom over these tales, it's clear that Oates herself is a master at creeping out her readers."
Seven nightmarish tales written over a 15-year period. 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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ON BOXING by Joyce Carol Oates
NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1987

"The reader by a TKO."
Oates loves boxing, especially the sight of wounded fighters, which she calls "cruelly beautiful." Read full book review >

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THE DOLL-MASTER AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"For readers who like the frisson of psychological horror without too much commitment."
The prolific Oates (The Man Without a Shadow, 2016, etc.) delivers a sextet of creepy stories to disturb your nights and cast shadows across your days.Read full book review >

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THE ASSASSINS by Joyce Carol Oates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 24, 1975

"But then there is the absolute integrity of Oates' bleak vision and an occasional efficient scene of stark horror—the unique powers of this irritating and demanding writer cannot be altogether dismissed."
Again Oates penetrates the dead center of consciousness immobilized by magnetically opposed imperatives—need and impotence, the individual and the "flow" of God, love and murder. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1972

"Here, however, she moves with brilliance and agility along the edge of impossibilities where 'sometimes we see a cloud that's dragonish,' and endure Hamlet's bad dreams bounded in a nutshell."
In nine extraordinary explications — from Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida to Ionesco's Dance of Death — Miss Oates investigates tragedy as literary form. Read full book review >

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A BLOODSMOOR ROMANCE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1982

"But the mock-longwinded prose here is, as it happens, a good deal more readable than the earnest, pretentiously longwinded prose of recent Oates fiction; and readers with a taste for whimsical historical-novel sendups will find this mildly, thickly entertaining—certainly less lumbering than Erica Jong's Fanny, if far less pointed or vivid than Ray Russell's Pamela novels."
Oates did her morbid, verbose thing with The Great American Family Saga in Bellefleur (1980). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 6, 1970

These rich, intent stories by the winner of the National Book Award have the supra-reality of the bleak hours before dawn as Miss Oates' characters, taut with awareness, suffer the last turn on the wheel of love. Read full book review >

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ZOMBIE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 1995

"Minor Oates, then, but a raw, scorching draft just the same."
Oates (What I Live For, 1994, etc.) is at her most Grand Guignol in this searing study of a psychopathic killer. Read full book review >

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LAST DAYS by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 1984

"A few real stories, then, but mostly skippable Oates trivia."
Oates' stories, often so unwieldy in their excess length, can and do occasionally mold to a successful shape: the story that's told from far back, for example, the tale that summarily telescopes an entire life. Read full book review >

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EXPENSIVE PEOPLE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 1968

"Searing, unpleasant, important."
With last year's A Garden of Earthly Delights, Miss Oates established herself as a writer of stature, and this terrifying novel, while falling back on some too easy shock values, is exemplary in commitment and technique. Read full book review >