In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews

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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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In twenty-nine provocative essays, Joyce Carol Oates maps the rough country that is both the tr....

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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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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 201 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Acclaimed for her novels and short stories, Joyce Carol Oates is also an unparalleled literary critic whose insights and commentary have graced the pages of such publications as the New York Review of Books , the Times Literary Supplement , and the New York Times Book Review . This new collection brings together some of her most brilliant and provocative pieces, covering a diverse range of subjects and ideas. The rough country is both the treacherous geographical/psychological terrains of the writers she analyses - Flannery O Connor, Shirley Jackson, Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx, and Margaret Atwood among others-and also the emotional terrain of Oates s own life following the unexpected death of her husband, Raymond Smith, after 48 years of marriage. As literature is a traditional solace to the bereft, so writing about literature can be a solace to the bereft as it was to me during the days, weeks, and months when the effort of writing fiction often seemed beyond me, as if belonging to another lifetime when I d been younger, more resilient and reckless, 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 result of those meditations are the pieces of In Rough Country-balanced and illuminating essays that demonstrate an artist working at the top of her form. As she engages with forebears and contemporaries, Oates provides clues to her own creative process, for prose is a kind of music: music creates mood . What is argued on the surface may be but ripples rising from a deeper, subtextual urgency. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780061963988

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