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Joyce Carol Oates’ Success
by Richard Kostelanetz (August 2012)
A few years ago a friend lent me her copy of The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982 (2008), which I read, much as I read everything put before my voracious eyes, especially if the author is a contemporary of mine whose work I anthologized more than four decades ago and have since followed, in her case with puzzlement. What ultimately is Joyce Carol Oates trying to do, aside from flooding libraries with her books and printed matter with her tripartite name? (Wise was the last move, which would always command more attention, especially in the era of search engines, than, say, “Joyce Oates.”) more>>>