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Joyce Carol Oates Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Lockport, New York, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16, 1938 in Lockport, New York, USA. She is a writer and actress, known for Vengeance: A Love Story (2017), Smooth Talk (1985) and Double Lover (2017). She was previously married to Charles Gross and Raymond Smith.

Family (1)

Spouse Charles Gross (March 2009 - 13 April 2019)  (his death)
Raymond Smith (1962 - 18 February 2008)  (his death)

Trivia (8)

Born at 12:27am-EDT.
Was considered by many to be a front-runner for the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, along with Margaret Atwood and poet Adonis. The prize ultimately went to playwright Harold Pinter.
Frequent contributor to "Playboy" magazine.
She was awarded the 2010 National Humanities Medal for her contributions to American letters. The author of more than 50 novels, as well as short stories, poetry and nonfiction, she has been honored with the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of short story.
She was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions and services in Literature in the General Category.
She appeared at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. [November 2007]
She is a creative writing professor at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. [September 2007]
Her father was of English and German descent. Her mother's family was Hungarian.

Personal Quotes (9)

[on having children] No, I don't think so, but then I was never strongly maternal. My brother also doesn't have children, it could be genetic, but it could be that I was so very interested in writing that I just didn't have time, although I do like children. My role models were childless: Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, George Eliot, the Brontës.
I'm drawn to failure. I feel like I'm contending with it constantly in my own life.
I am concerned with only one thing, the moral and social conditions of my generation.
[on not having an assistant] No, I'm too shy to hire anyone. I couldn't bear the thought of it. I remember Margaret Drabble saying that it was really hard for her to hire a cleaning woman because it seemed like hiring her own mother. We're from a background where we did the cleaning ourselves.
[on self-respect] We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves, unable to see that here, now, this very moment is sacred; but once it's gone--its value is incontestable.
[on desire] In love there are two things: bodies and words.
[on time] Surpassingly lovely, precious days. What is there to say except: here they are. Sifting through my fingers like sand.
[on art] We are stimulated to emotional response not by works that confirm our sense of the world, but by works that challenge it.
[on spirit] How reluctant the world is to grant complexity in us...how reluctant we all are. Though knowing ourselves mysterious, subtle, complex, self-contradictory.

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