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Month: January 2010

Books 2

Joyce Carol Oates on JD Salinger


Joyce Carol Oates comments on the death of JD Salinger for the Guardian [link no longer available]: “Salinger’s great, obsessive theme was the moral rootlessness of contemporary American materialism and its corrosive effect upon precocious, highly sensitive children and adolescents whose religious yearnings were both esoteric (eastern, mystic) and sentimental (narcissistic, naively self-regarding).” Now, the world will eagerly await Salinger’s […]

Awards 1

National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award


Joyce Carol Oates has won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. JCO was an NBCC fiction finalist in 1992 for her novella Black Water; and a rare double-finalist in 2007 for both fiction (The Gravedigger’s Daughter) and autobiography (The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982). Previous recipients of the Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award have typically […]