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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

1991

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Paul Witherington

Keywords

Joyce Carol Oates, literary fiction, 20th century American fiction

Abstract

At age 15, Joyce Carol Oates received her first rejection by a New York publisher who said that her work was just too depressing for other children. Undaunted, Oates continued to write and entered a program of literature at Syracuse University. After graduating as valedictorian of her undergraduate class, she completed her master's degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1961. Then, she entered a Ph. D. program at Rice University in Houston. She left this study in 1967 to move to Detroit with her husband, Raymond. There she taught English. Fletcher Knebel, a friend of Oates, describes Oates as a person who spends all "waking hours immersed in letters, writing, teaching, criticizing and reading" (1 82). [Introduction: Page 1]

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 74-77)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

80

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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