The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque

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Dutton, 1998 - Fiction - 321 pages
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Novelist, poet, dramatist and author of many of the best American short stories of our time, Joyce Carol Oates presents yet another aspect of her unbounded creativity in these mesmerizing tales of the grotesque--a follow-up to her highly acclaimed 1994 gothic short fiction collection, "Haunted." From the Kafkaesque "Scars, " to the ballad-like tale of erotic obsession that is "The Crossing, " to a fatal twist on the mother-daughter bond in "Death Mother, " Joyce Carol Oates presents horror that is both intellectual and visceral. Dream states, rampant evil, dizzying descents into madness, all are presented in spell-binding stories worthy to set alongside those of Edgar Allan Poe -- and far above all the rest.

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User Review  - Bill Gordon - Goodreads

JCO is my favorite writer and this book of short stories is a winner. Nobody else writes as well as Oates. I'm lucky in that I have so many other books of hers to read for the first time. Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Loved some of these... not so much others! :) Still, enjoyed reading it. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

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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