American author of numerous novels, short stories, plays, poems, and essays. She received the National Book Award for her 1969 novel, them, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000).
She began writing at age fourteen and was the first in her family to finish high school. She graduated at the top of her class at Syracuse University in 1960 and published her first novel, With Shuddering Fall, four years later.
She received the 1967 O. Henry Award for her short story, In the Region of Ice. A decade later, she began teaching creative writing at Princeton University.
She married Raymond J. Smith in 1961. Smith died suddenly of pneumonia in 2008, ending the couple’s nearly four decade-long marriage. In 2009, she married Charles Gross.
She dedicated her serial killer-themed short story, Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?, to folk singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.
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Quotes by Joyce Carol Oates
When I wrote ‘We Were The Mulvaneys,’ I was just old enough to look back upon my own family life and the lies of certain individuals close to me, with the detachment of time. I wanted to tell the truth about secrets: How much pain they give, yet how much relief, even happiness we may feel when at last the motive for secrecy has passed.— Joyce Carol Oates
I’m drawn to failure. I feel like I’m contending with it constantly in my own life.— Joyce Carol Oates
I don’t teach literature from my perspective as ‘Joyce Carol Oates.’ I try to teach fiction from the perspective of each writer. If I’m teaching a story by Hemingway, my endeavor is to present the story that Hemingway wrote in its fullest realization.— Joyce Carol Oates
My role models were childless: Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, George Eliot, the Brontes.— Joyce Carol Oates
In ‘We Were the Mulvaneys,’ animals are almost as important as people. I wanted to show the tenderness in our relationships with cats, dogs, and horses. Especially cats.— Joyce Carol Oates