Wild Nights! by Joyce Carol Oates
Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway

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New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates’ imaginative look at the last days of five giants of American literature, now available in a deluxe paperback edition in Ecco’s The Art of the Story Series.

Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Samuel Clemens (“Mark Twain”), Henry James, Ernest Hemingway—Joyce Carol Oates evokes each of these American literary icons in this work of prose fiction, poignantly and audaciously reinventing the climactic events of their lives. In subtly nuanced language suggestive of each of these writers, Oates explores the mysterious regions of the unknowable self that is “genius.”

Darkly hilarious, brilliant, and brazen, Wild Nights! is an original and haunting work of the imagination.

 

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 October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“The Master at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital 1914-1916” presents the elderly James as a civilian volunteer caring for World War I wounded, who quickly become the “dear boys” he has always secretly desired.

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In this intriguing collection, Oates writes fictional death scenes for five canonical American writers, adopting elements of their signature styles with mixed results. The Poe story, written as a d

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“Ah, waking! — my soul filled with hope! on this, my first on the fabled Light-House at Viña de Mar — I am thrilled to make my first entry into my Diary as agreed upon with my patron Dr. Bertram Shaw.”

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Joyce Carol Oates imagines the closing scenes of five literary lives.

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Bookmarks Magazine

… Not that it diminishes the writing or the substance of the stories, but Oates certainly preys on the damaged parts of these writers’ psyches."

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The Kenyon Review

Among others drawn to hummingbirds or the flowers they loved were the reformer and editor Thomas Wentworth Higginson, the popular preacher Henry Ward Beecher, the Dickinson family friend Mabel Loomis Todd, and, later on, the twentieth-century surrealist Joseph Cornell, who created a collage in ho...

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