Progress in work

Author Joyce Carol Oates gives the impression that the only thing she abhors more than work never finished is work never begun

17th April, 2010

It’s hard not to feel a little intimidated by the prospect of interviewing Joyce Carol Oates. The author of more than 50 novels and dozens of volumes of stories, literary criticism and poetry, Oates is not simply one of America’s most prolific authors, she is one of its most revered.

Sharp-eyed at 71,she continues to teach creative writing at Princeton, churn out two novels a year on average, and continually has her...

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