In Rough Country by Joyce Carol Oates
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“A poignant, nostalgic collection of literary criticism by one of America’s premier authors.”
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In Rough Country is a sterling collection of essays, reviews, and criticism from Joyce Carol Oates that focuses on a wide array of books and writers—from Poe to Nabokov, from Flannery O’Connor to Phillip Roth. One of our foremost novelists, National Book Award and PEN/Malamud Award winner Oates demonstrates an unparalleled understanding and appreciation of great works of literature with In Rough Country, and offers unique and breathtaking insights into the writer’s art.

 

About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She 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.
 
Published June 17, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 418 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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She recalls, for example, the oeuvre of Poe and its effect on her own early work, and of Emily Dickinson, who offered a “fusion of female stoicism and pragmatism.” The author writes that Annie Leibovitz’s recent book of photographs containing excruciating shots of her dying friend Susan Sontag ha...

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When her husband, Raymond Smith, died of pneumonia in February 2008, Joyce Carol Oates was writing a review of a book about boxing.

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Oates attributes the book’s existence to the death of her husband of 48 years (reading gave shape to her “uncharted life as a widow”), but it is inspired as much by the subjects Oates so astutely describes.

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While Proulx’s characters have more to fear from harsh weather, unruly beasts and freak accidents than from the type of outlaws and sadists who populate McCarthy’s fiction, Oates draws comparisons between the two Western writers, illuminating the brilliance with which they both turn cruelty (of m...

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The Oxford Book of American Short Stories Review Short story anthologies may be the easiest and best way to undertake a quick scan of the scale and varieties of our national literature.

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But because [the people] can’t see who’s making the rules and the economic strategies that govern them, they continue to believe in the independent rural life, which is deliciously ironic and very sad.* Through a sequence of vividly imagined and boldly idiosyncratic works of fiction—Heart Songs ...

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“Poe evokes the 'voice' of interior madness, as it is a voice that is speaking to us with disturbing intimacy if not complicity,” she writes of Edgar Allan Poe in “A Poe Memoir.” And she writes excitedly, exclamation points hidden behind every collected sentence she puts on the page, as i...

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