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Joyce Carol Oates

Also Known As: "Rosamund Smith", "Lauren Kelly"
Birthplace: Lockport, Niagara County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Frederic James Oates and Carolina Elizabeth Oates
Wife of Private
Widow of Raymond J. Smith
Sister of Private and Private

Occupation: Writer, professor
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American writer.

Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over 40 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, for her novel them (1969), two O. Henry Awards, and the National Humanities Medal. Her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), Blonde (2000), and short story collections The Wheel of Love (1970) and Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories (2014) were each finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Oates has taught at Princeton University since 1978 and is currently the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor Emerita in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing.

Her parents were Frederic James Oates and Carolina Bush, and she is the widow of Raymond J. Smith, editor of the Ontario Review, married in 1961. In 2009 she remarried to Charles Gross. She has no children.

From "After Black Rock" by Joyce Carol Oates

Crimes reverberate through years and through lives. It is a rare homicide that destroys only one person. On the other hand, there are probably many people who, like me, owe their births to the premature deaths of others they have never known but to whom they are linked by that mysterious shared fate called "blood."

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June 16, 1938
Lockport, Niagara County, New York, United States