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Chivers, 2004 - College students - 159 pages
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"Art and arson, the poetry of D. H. Lawrence and pulp pornography, hero-worship and sexual debasement, totems and taboos - out of narrative elements like these National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates contrives a startling, suspenseful tale that turns a sunny idyll of New England campus life into a lurid nightmare."

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Review: Beasts

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

Joyce Carol Oates first ticked me off years ago when I was leafing through the 'Oxford Book of American Short Stories', which she edited. In her introduction to the flawless Flannery O'Connor story 'A ... Read full review

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User Review  - Devarsi Ghosh - Goodreads

I can safely say that this is the worst book I've ever read. It's so silly and stupid, and to think of the 'advance praises' on the cover...I can't put my irritation into words. I had heard good ... Read full review


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Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. Her title Give Me Your Heart made the New York Times Best seller list for 2011.

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