Joyce Carol Oates

Name: Joyce Carol Oates

    Author of 39 books on the New York Times Notable Books of the Year list
    • Author of "On Boxing".
    • American Academy of Arts and Letters, Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award -- 1968 winner: "A Garden of Earthly Delights".
    • American Theatre Critics Association, New Play Award 1994 nomination: "The Perfectionist".
    • Boston Book Review, Fisk Fiction Prize 1996, winner: "Zombie".
    • Bram Stoker Award -- Short Fiction, 2003 nomination: "The Haunting".
    • Long Fiction, 2000 nomination: "In Shock".
    • Superior Achievement in a Novel, 1996 winner: "Zombie".
    • Heidemann Award for One-Act Plays 1990 Co-winner: "Tone Clusters".
    • James Tait Black Memorial Prize -- 2005 Fiction shortlist: "Mother, Missing".
    • Los Angeles Times Book Prize 1992 Young Adult Fiction finalist: "Big Mouth & Ugly Girl".
    • Mademoiselle College Fiction Contest 1959, winner: "In the Old World".
    • National Book Award 2001 finalist: "Blonde".
    • 1990 finalist: "Because It Is Bitter, And Because It Is My Heart".
    • 1971 finalist: :Wonderland"
    • 1970 winner: "Them".
    • National Book Critics Circle Award -- 2007 fiction finalist: "The Gravedigger's Daughter".
    • 2007 autobiography finalist: "The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982".

Favorite Book: "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Here's my list of favorite books: 1) "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky 2) "Ulysses" by James Joyce 3) "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner 4) The poems of Emily Dickinson 5) The stories of Franz Kafka 6) "The Red and the Black" by Stendhal 7) "The Rainbow" by D.H. Lawrence 8) "Women in Love" by D.H. Lawrence 9) "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville 10) "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain "What were some of my favorite books growing up? My favorite child's book was "Alice's Adventure in Wonderland." As a teenager I was reading so-called adult literature, and very much admired Henry David Thoreau, Emily Bronte, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and Dostoyevsky. I also read a steady succession of young adult fiction, especially in junior high, and classic mysteries like the tales of Sherlock Holmes, horror and science fiction to a lesser degree" (

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