Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates, photo by Beth Garrabrant/Brydges Mackinney Agency
Joyce Carol Oates, photo by Beth Garrabrant/Brydges Mackinney Agency

Joyce Carol Oates has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize) and the New York Times Best Sellers The Falls (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. Her short story collection Wild Nights! is an imaginative look at the last days of five giants of American literature–Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, and Edgar Allan Poe–each tale written in the style of the original author.

Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for distinguished service in literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a 2011 recipient of the President’s National Medal in the Humanities and the 2010 recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. She is currently teaching in the graduate writing program at New York University.

selected bibliography

Beautiful Days by Joyce Carol Oates
Beautiful Days: Stories (2018)
A Book of American Martyrs (2017)
Wild Nights! by Joyce Carol Oates
Wild Nights! (2008)
Blonde (2000)

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online resources

Twitter @joycecaroloates
Celestial Timepiece, a Joyce Carol Oates Patchwork
“Sex, Lies and Subterfuge Roil Oates’s New Story Collection,” The New York Times, March 5, 2018
“The Deaths that Changed Joyce Carol Oates’ Life,”
 WNYC Interview, October 13, 2015

Video: Oates and Jonathan Santlofer at the San Francisco Public Library