Elaine Showalter reports on JCO’s Princeton retirement celebration:
Joyce Carol Oates was celebrated Nov. 7 as she retires from the Princeton University Creative Writing Program after 36 years. It was a gala day of tributes from her former students, friends and colleagues. Gathered for a banquet at the university’s Prospect House, the crowd — including Jonathan Ames, Louis Bayard, Christopher Beha, Pinckney Benedict, Henri Cole, Jonathan Safran Foer, A.M. Homes, Walter Kirn, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sheila Kohler, Chang-rae Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Susanna Moore, Dexter Palmer, James Richardson, Whitney Terrell, C.K. Williams, Susan Wheeler and Edmund White — was just a tiny sampling of Oates’s enormous literary circle and influence.
A boxing aficionado, Oates was presented with a gilded trophy showing her as a boxer: the Featherweight Champion of the Literary World.