Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates in a New Jersey-based essayist, poet, short story writer and novelist.
Them; Black Water; What I Lived For; Blonde; Bellefluer; You Must Remember This; "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
1967 O. Henry Award (In the Region of Ice), 1970 National Book Award for Fiction (Them), 1973 O. Henry Award (The Dead), Nominee for 1993, 1995, 2001 Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction (Black Water, What I Lived For, Blonde), Nominee for 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction (The Gravedigger's Daughter)
Which one or two American books or plays would you yourself recommend to the foreign leaders?
I would choose three books: Moby Dick, Leaves of Grass and The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson.
Who in your childhood—for example, parent or teacher—encouraged you to read books, and which one or two books do you remember most fondly?
My grandmother gave me a handsome illustrated copy of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass when I was about nine years old. This was probably the most important book of my childhood—virtually memorized by me at a young age.
Which books by writers of the other G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom) have been most important to you as a writer?
Books from abroad especially important to me as a writer are James Joyce's Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.