Joyce Carol Oates (1938 – ) is an American author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays, and criticism, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Oates has also written suspense novels under the pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly. Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
Oates grew up on a farm in upstate New York. She loved reading and writing during her childhood and received her first typewriter as a teenager. After graduating from high school, she was awarded a scholarship to Syracuse University where she graduated valedictorian in 1960. In 1961, she completed her Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin and married Raymond Smith, an English student at the University. Before becoming a professor at Princeton, Oates taught at the University of Detroit and University of Windsor, in Canada. She and her husband were also co-editors of The Ontario Review, a literary publication.
In 2008, Oates suffered through a nearly debilitating depression when Smith died unexpectedly. Her memoir, A Widow’s Story details this dark period of her life. In 2009, Oates married Charles Gross, a professor of neuroscience at Princeton.
Oates continues to write and published two novels in 2013, Daddy Love and The Accursed.
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