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In rough country : essays and reviews
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ecco ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], [2010]

Physical Description:
xviii, 396 pages ; 21 cm
This new collection brings together some of Joyce Carol Oates's most brilliant and provocative pieces, covering a diverse range of subjects and ideas. The rough country is both the treacherous geographical/psychological terrains of the writers she analyses--Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson, Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx, and Margaret Atwood among others--and also the emotional terrain of Oates's own life following the unexpected death of her husband.
A Poe memoir -- The woman in white : Emily Dickinson and friends -- Cast a cold eye : Jean Stafford -- The art of vengeance : Roald Dahl -- Revisiting Nabokov's Lolita -- Shirley Jackson's witchcraft : We have always lived in the castle -- "As you are grooved, so you are grieved" : the art and the craft of Bernard Malamud -- "Large and startling figures" : the fiction of Flannery O'Connor -- Boxing : history, art, culture -- Remembering John Updike -- Homer & Langley : E.L. Doctorow -- In rough country I : Cormac McCarthy -- In rough country II : Annie Proulx -- Enchanted! Salman Rushdie -- Philip Roth's tragic jokes -- A photographer's lives : Annie Leibovitz -- "The great heap of days" : James Salter's fiction -- Margaret Atwood's tales -- In the emperor's dream house : Claire Messud -- After the apocalypse : Jim Crace -- The story of X : Susanna Moore's In the cut -- "It doesn't feel personal" : The poetry of Sharon Olds -- Too much happiness : the stories of Alice Munro -- Nostalgia 1970 : city on fire -- The myth of the "American idea" : 2007 -- "Why is humanism not the preeminent belief of humankind?, " address upon receiving the 2007 Humanist of the Year Award -- In the absence of mentors/monsters : notes on writerly influences -- Revisiting Lockport, New York.
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