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Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1963, and has since published 58 novels, a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. Her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000), and her short story collections The Wheel of Love (1970) and Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories (2014) were each finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award,[1] for her novel them (1969), two O. Henry Awards, the National Humanities Medal, and the Jerusalem Prize (2019).

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Joyce Carol Oates
Oates in 2014
Oates in 2014
Born (1938-06-16) June 16, 1938 (age 85)
Lockport, New York, U.S.
EducationSyracuse University (BA)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA)
Rice University
Notable worksA Garden of Earthly Delights (1967); them (1969); The Wheel of Love (1970); Wonderland (1971); Black Water (1992); Blonde (2000); High Lonesome: New & Selected Stories, 1966–2006 (2006)
Notable awardsO. Henry Award (1967)
National Book Award (1970)
O. Henry Award (1973)
National Humanities Medal (2010)
Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement (2012)
Jerusalem Prize (2019)
  • (m. 1961; died 2008)
  • Charles Gross
    (m. 2009; died 2019)

Oates taught at Princeton University from 1978 to 2014, and is the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor Emerita in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing.[2] Since 2016, she has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches short fiction in the spring semesters.[3]

Oates was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2016.[4]