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Joyce Carol Oates
|Description:||xviii, 396 pages ; 21 cm|
|Contents:||Classics. A Poe memoir ; The woman in white : Emily Dickinson and friends ; Cast a cold eye : Jean Stafford ; The art of vengeance : Roald Dahl ; Revisiting Nabokov's Lolita ; Shirley Jackson's witchcraft : We have always lived in the castle ; "As you are grooved, so you are grieved" : the art and the craft of Bernard Malamud ; "Large and startling figures" : the fiction of Flannery O'Connor ; Boxing : history, art, culture --
Contemporaries. Remembering John Updike ; Homer & Langley : E.L. Doctorow ; In rough country I : Cormac McCarthy ; In rough country II : Annie Proulx ; Enchanted! : Salman Rushdie ; Philip Roth's tragic jokes ; A photographer's lives : Annie Leibovitz ; "The great heap of days" : James Salter's fiction ; Margaret Atwood's tales ; In the emperor's dream house : Claire Messud ; After the apocalypse : Jim Crace ; The story of X : Susanna Moore's In the cut ; "It doesn't feel personal" : the poetry of Sharon Olds ; Too much happiness : the stories of Alice Munro --
Nostalgias. Nostalgia 1970 : city on fire ; The myth of the "American idea" : 2007 ; "Why is humanism not the preeminent belief of humankind?" : address upon receiving the 2007 Humanist of the Year Award ; In the absence of mentors/monsters : notes on writerly influences ; Revisiting Lockport, New York.
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"Oates writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn't look back...long sentences unfold with great beauty, and [Oates's] line of argument follows not an artificial arc but the natural