Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates has produced an abundance of novels, poetry, and nonfiction throughout her lengthy career. Some of her best-known books include them, What I Lived For, We Were The Mulvaneys, and Blonde. She also publishes under the pseudonyms Lauren Smith and Rosamond Kelly.

The written word, obviously, is very inward, and when we’re reading, we’re thinking. It’s a sort of spiritual, meditative activity. When we’re looking at visual objects, I think our eyes are obviously directed outward, so there’s not as much reflective time. And it’s the reflectiveness and the spiritual inwardness about reading that appeals to me.


— Joyce Carol Oates