The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates by Joyce Carol Oates

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The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates, edited by Greg Johnson, offers a rare glimpse into the private thoughts of this extraordinary writer, focusing on excerpts written during one of the most productive decades of Oates's long career. Far more than just a daily account of a writer's writing life, these intimate, unrevised pages candidly explore her friendship with other writers, including John Updike, Donald Barthelme, Susan Sontag, Gail Godwin, and Philip Roth. It presents a fascinating portrait of the artist as a young woman, fully engaged with her world and her culture, on her way to becoming one of the most respected, honored, discussed, and controversial figures in American letters.


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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 October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 530 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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It gets another mention 10 months on, as “the best biography I have read for years.” Still no suggestion why, though it prompts the thought: “How I would love to write a biography!” There is no cause to ask why someone keeps a journal — from Samuel Pepys to John Cheever to the teenager upstairs —...

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she herself uses the word “obsessed.” If a day or two passes when she isn't writing, she feels “profound worthlessness.” Teaching, she reveals, is a vital component of her well-being, although it often leaves her exhausted.

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If a journal is considered a private place, it is transformed into something else when others read it…one of “the risks of journal-keeping.” She continues her comments: “What I have seen of this edited/abridged journal, so capably presented by Greg Johnson, affects me too emotionally to make its...

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