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In Rough Country : Essays and Reviews

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"A poignant, nostalgic collection of literary criticism by one of America's premier authors."-Kirkus Reviews In Rough Country is a sterling collection of essays, reviews, and criticism from Joyce Carol Oates that focuses on a wide array of books and writers-from Poe to Nabokov, from Flannery O'Connor to Phillip Roth. One of our foremost novelists, National Book Award and PEN/Malamud Award winner Oates demonstrates an unparalleled understanding and appreciation of great works of literature with In Rough Country, and offers unique and breathtaking insights into the writer's art.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Ecco Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061963984
  • 9780061963988
  • 724,292

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"Oates writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn't look back...long sentences unfold with great beauty, and [Oates's] line of argument follows not an artificial arc but the natural course of thought." -- New York Times Book Review
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Back cover copy

In twenty-nine provocative essays, Joyce Carol Oates maps the "rough country" that is both the treacherous geographical and psychological terrain of the writers she so cogently analyzes--Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth, E. L. Doctorow, and Margaret Atwood, among others--and the emotional terrain of Oates's own life following the unexpected death of her husband, Raymond Smith, after forty-eight years of marriage.

"As literature is a traditional solace to the bereft, so writing about literature can be a solace, as it was to me when the effort of writing fiction seemed beyond me, as if belonging to another lifetime," Oates writes. "Reading and taking notes, especially late at night when I can't sleep, has been the solace, for me, that saying the Rosary or reading The Book of Common Prayer might be for another." The results of those meditations are the essays of In Rough Country--balanced and illuminating investigations that demonstrate an artist working at the top of her form.
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About Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
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Review Text

"Oates writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn't look back...long sentences unfold with great beauty, and [Oates's] line of argument follows not an artificial arc but the natural course of thought." New York Times Book Review
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90 ratings
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3 31% (28)
2 12% (11)
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