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Golden Anniversary: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

As Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" surely contains the most frightening monologue in our literature, so Joyce Carol Oates's most famous short story—"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"—contains its most frightening dialogue.

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Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life

"Why do we write?" With this question, Joyce Carol Oates begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life, and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities, in this collection of seminal essays and criticism.

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Raymond J. Smith

As the editor and publisher of the distinguished literary magazine Ontario Review and of Ontario Review Press, and as the husband of novelist Joyce Carol Oates, Ray led a rich and full life devoted not only to his work and his marriage but also to numerous friends in the Princeton area and beyond.

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Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies

Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal focusing on the writing of Joyce Carol Oates and related subjects, with the goal of advancing knowledge of and […]

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On Writers & Writing

Read JCO’s take on classics and contemporaries, from William Shakespeare to Stephen King, as well as her view of the short story, the gothic & grotesque, American literary culture, and […]

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

First published in Epoch, Fall 1966. Included in Prize Stories: O Henry Award Winners (1968), and The Best American Short Stories (1967). Introduction to “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Why is “Where Are You […]

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American Appetites

Joyce Carol Oates moves into new territory in the first novel she has written in a contemporary setting since Solstice. American Appetites takes us into affluent, upper-class suburbia in the late American […]

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Thanksgiving

Spooning stuffing rich with spices into the bird’s scooped-out body, sewing the hole shut, basting with melted fat, roasting. As dead-clammy meat turns to edible meat. As revulsion turns to appetite.