Joyce Carol Oates

  • I Am Sorry to Inform You
    Eva Häggdahl

    I Am Sorry to Inform You

    In 2008 Joyce Carol Oates lost the husband—Raymond Smith—to whom she’d been married for 48 years. Her recollections of those harrowing early days of widowhood provide a glimpse of Oates as a teacher of writers and as caretaker of the literary magazine she and her husband kept in print for so long.

  • The Human Idea

    How heartily sick the world has grown, in the first seven years of the 21st century, of the American idea! Speak with any non-American, travel to…

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