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Publication Order of Wonderland Quartet/Garden Of Earthly Delights Books

A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Expensive People (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Them (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonderland (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Gothic Saga Books

Publication Order of L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories Books

with Lawrence Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Megan Abbott, Duane Swierczynski, Andrew Vachss, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (With: Lawrence Block,Joe R. Lansdale,Megan Abbott,Duane Swierczynski,Andrew Vachss,Francine Prose,Jonathan Santlofer) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black DahliaWhite Rose (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

With Shuddering Fall (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do With Me What You Will (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Assassins: A Book of Hours (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Childwold (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cybele (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Son of the Morning (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unholy Loves (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angel of Light (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Bloodsmoor Romance (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Luxury of Sin (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Solstice (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marya: A Life (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lives of the Twins / Kindred Passions (As: Rosamond Smith) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Must Remember This (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Appetites (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soul/Mate (As: Rosamond Smith) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nemesis (As:Rosamond Smith) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snake Eyes (As:Rosamond Smith) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
What I Lived For (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zombie (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Can't Catch Me (As:Rosamond Smith) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Were the Mulvaneys (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man Crazy (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Delight (As:Rosamond Smith) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Broke Heart Blues (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starr Bright Will Be With You Soon (As:Rosamond Smith) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blonde (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Barrens (As:Rosamond Smith) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Middle-Age: A Romance (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
I'll Take You There (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freaky Green Eyes (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tattooed Girl (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Falls (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sexy (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Missing Mom / Mother, Missing (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Girl/White Girl (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gravedigger's Daughter (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Bird of Heaven (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Sister, My Love (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fair Maiden (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mudwoman (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daddy Love (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carthage (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sacrifice (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack of Spades (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Without a Shadow (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Book of American Martyrs (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hazards of Time Travel (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Life as a Rat (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pursuit (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Sleep Death The Stars (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breathe (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Babysitter (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
48 Clues into the Disappearance of My Sister (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Butcher (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Triumph of the Spider Monkey (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Lock My Door Upon Myself (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rise of Life on Earth (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Water (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Love (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Shock (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beasts (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunting (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rape (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fossil-Fiigures (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spotted Hyenas (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patricide (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rescuer (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Momma (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gun Accident (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crawl Space (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sign of the Beast (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
33 Clues Into the Disappearance of My Sister (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

By the North Gate (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Goddess and Other Women (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Upon the Sweeping Flood, and Other Stories (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anonymous Sins and Other Poems (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wheel of Love and Other Stories (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cupid & Psyche (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angel Fire: Poems (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hungry Ghosts (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love and Its Derangements and Other Poems (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fabulous Beasts (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seduction and Other Stories (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poisoned Kiss and Other Stories from the Portuguese (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossing the Border (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night-Side (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women Whose Lives Are Food, Men Whose Lives Are Money (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marriages and Infidelities (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Good People I've Left Behind (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sentimental Education (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Plays (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfectionist and Other Plays (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invisible Woman (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Saturday, and Other Stories (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Days (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raven's Wing (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Assignation (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Traveler (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heat and Other Stories (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oates in Exile (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twelve Plays (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where is Here? (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haunted (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tenderness (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demon and Other Tales (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Will You Always Love Me? and Other Stories (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invisible Writer (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collector of Hearts (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Plays (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faithless (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Small Avalanches and Other Stories (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Am No One You Know (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Female of the Species (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Lonesome (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Museum of Dr. Moses (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Nights! (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Husband (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Give Me Your Heart (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sourland (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evil Eye (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Crime Area (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovely, Dark, Deep (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beautiful Days (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dis Mem Ber and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cardiff, by the Sea (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The (Other) You: Stories (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Melancholy: Poems (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night, Neon (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Extenuating Circumstances (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zero Sum (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

Miracle Play (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Key & Tone Clusters: Two Short Plays (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Stand Before You Naked (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Come Meet Muffin! (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where is Little Reynard? (With: Mark Graham) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naughty Chérie! (With: Mark Graham) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Kitten (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Edge Of Impossibility (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hostile Sun (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Heaven New Earth (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Contraries (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Person Singular (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Profane Art (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Boxing (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Woman Writer (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Life of the Writer, the Life of the Career (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Muhammad Ali: Ringside (With: Norman Mailer,Alex Haley) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Bellows: American Artist (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Faith of a Writer (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncensored (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Widow's Story (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Rough Country (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gerald Slota: Story (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Landscape (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soul at the White Heat (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joyce Carol Oates: Letters to a Biographer (With: Greg Johnson) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Books

The Cocaine Chronicles (By: Lee Child,Laura Lippman,Ken Bruen,Jervey Tervalon,Bill Moody) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marijuana Chronicles (By: Jonathan Santlofer) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nicotine Chronicles (With: Lee Child,Hannah Tinti,Christopher Sorrentino,Cara Black,Lauren Sanders,Bernice L. McFadden,Jonathan Ames) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc.(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dark Corners Books

Hannah-Beast (By: Jennifer McMahon) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sleep Tight Motel (By: Lisa Unger) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
There's a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed (By: Edgar Cantero) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miao Dao (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tangled Woods (By: Emily Raboteau) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Remedy (By: Adam Haslett) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oak Avenue (By: Brandi Reeds) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Art of the Story Books

A Sportsman's Notebook (By: Ivan Turgenev) (1852)Description / Buy at Amazon
The General Zapped an Angel (By: Howard Fast) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs (By: Tobias Wolff) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Essential Tales of Chekhov (By: Anton Chekhov) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Garden Party and Other Stories (By: Katherine Mansfield) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Nights! (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Continent (By: Jim Crace) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (By: Kevin Wilson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monstress (By: Lysley Tenorio) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Essential Tales Of Chekhov Deluxe Edition (By: Anton Chekhov) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. and Mrs. Baby (By: Mark Strand) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanishing Princess (By: Jenny Diski) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Are Taking Only What We Need (By: Stephanie Powell Watts) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (By: Alissa Nutting) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catastrophe and Other Stories (By: Dino Buzzati) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry (By: Elizabeth McCracken) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hue and Cry (By: Edward P. Jones,James McPherson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hurly Burly and Other Stories (By: Russell Banks,A.E. Coppard) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loss of Memory Is Only Temporary (By: Francine Prose,Johanna Kaplan) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Winnie the Pooh Books

Winnie the Pooh's Valentine (By: Bruce Talkington) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boo to You, Winnie the Pooh! (By: Bruce Talkington) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pooh's Mailbox (By: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pooh's Wishing Star (By: Bruce Talkington) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family of Tiggers (By: Victoria Saxon) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disney's Winnie the Pooh Balloon Book (By: Walt Disney Company) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hundred-Acre-Wood Treasury (By: Walt Disney Company) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winnie the Pooh Surprise Tails by Disney Book Group [Disney Press,2011] (By: Walt Disney Company) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Party in the Wood (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Dreams, Roo (By: Catherine Hapka) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pooh's Easter Basket (By: Catherine Hapka) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pooh's Honey Trouble (By: Walt Disney Company) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winnie the Pooh: A Gift for Pooh (By: Sara F. Miller) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winnie the Pooh: Out of Bounce (By: Walt Disney Company,Lisa Ann Marsoli) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pooh's Halloween Pumpkin (By: Catherine Hapka,Disney Storybook Artists) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winnie the Pooh The Little Things in Life (By: Walt Disney Company,Catherine Hapka,Disney Storybook Art Team) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Transgressions Books

Transgressions (With: Stephen King,Lawrence Block,Anne Perry,Jeffery Deaver,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake,Bonnie Jeanne Perry,Walter Mosley,John Farris) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 2 (By: Stephen King,Lawrence Block,Ed McBain,John Farris) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 3 (By: Anne Perry,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake,John Farris) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 4 (By: Anne Perry,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories Books

The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories (By: ) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Points of View(1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Short Stories 1964(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prize Stories 1970: The O. Henry Awards(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anti-Story: An Anthology of Experimental Fiction(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scenes From American Life: Contemporary Short Fiction(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prize Stories 1973: The O. Henry Awards(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiction International, No.1, Fall 1973(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women and Fiction(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Banquet: Five Short Stories(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Granta 1: New American Writing(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Short Stories 1979(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Walks(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Web She Weaves(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witches' Brew(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiction International 15.1: Writing and Politics(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Descent(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Annual Collection(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demons & Dreams: The Best Fantasy and Horror 1(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Third Annual Collection(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Among Sisters: Short Stories by Women Writers(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colors of a New Day(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Picador Book of the New Gothic(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourth Annual Collection(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Architecture of Fear(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Short Stories 1991(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Short Story: 30 Masterpieces(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sisters In Crime 5(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiction International 22(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
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Joyce Carol Oates is one of most prolific and versatile contemporary writer in the United States of America. She has produced so much work and on various subjects, but most of which focus majorly on intellectual, sexual and spiritual decline of modern America society.


Joyce Carol Oates, an acclaimed writer popularly known for novels such as ‘The Falls’, ‘A Garden of Earthly Delights’ and ‘them’ that won the National Book Award, was born on the 16th of June 1938, in Lockport, New York. Joyce dad, Fredrick James Oates was a tool designer, while her mum, Caroline was a homemaker or housewife of Hungarian descent. Currently aged 76 years, she is the oldest of Caroline and Frederic Oates’s three children.

Her family lived in a working-class family community on a farm in Millersport, New York owned by Caroline’s parents. She loved to read and read a lot for that matter. Even before she could learn to write, she’d started telling stories by drawing pictures. Though life was sometimes tough, her writing skills and love for literature slowly developed.

At age 15, in 1953, Joyce wrote her first and foremost novel, though the publishers rejected it on the basis that the subject matter that concerned the rehabilitation of a drug addict (restoring to a productive state) too depressing for the teenage audiences. Upon finishing her high school education, she won a scholarship to join the Syracuse University, where she further developed her writing skills.

She studied English at the university and prior to her senior year (at 19 years of age), she received an award for being a co-winner of a Mademoiselle Magazine sponsored fiction contest known as ‘college short story’. In 1960, she graduated from the university on top of her class, after which she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she received her M.A. It was here that she also met an English professor called Raymond Joseph Smith and got married in 1961.

Writing and Teaching

In 1961, after receiving her master’s degree and beginning her Ph.D. in English at Rice University, Joyce Oates came across one of her stories in Foley’s collection of Best American Short Stories. It was then that she decided to launch her writing career (become a full-time writer) and published her first book, a collection of short stories in 1963 known as By the North Gate.

Joyce Oates also lectured at the State University of Detroit from 1961 to 1967, after which she relocated to Canada with her husband to teach at Windsor University. In 1974, they established the Ontario Review publication. In 1977 after leaving Windsor University, she became a writer-in-residence and later on a professor as the Princeton University in New Jersey.

In 1964, Joyce Oates’s published her foremost novel, ‘With Shuddering Fall’, at the age of 26 that showed her interest in violence and evil in the romantic story between a 30 year old stock car driver and a teenage girl, which ends tragically with an accident that claims his life. Joyce’s best-recognized early novels form a three-volume work or trilogy in simple terms, exploring three different sections of the American society. The foremost, ‘A Garden of Earthly Delights’ published in 1967, narrates the story of a migrant worker daughter who marries a rich farmer so as to provide for her son born out of wedlock. The woman’s life is, however, destroyed when the child kills his step-father and then commits suicide.

Oates’s second novel ‘In Expensive People’ was published in 1967. It exposes the lives of people living in the outskirts whose concern on material comforts shows the vacuum of their lives. The last volume, ‘them’, a fiction book was published in 1969 and won the National Book Award. It describes the suffering and violence suffering endured by 3 generations of an urban-dwelling family located in Detroit, Michigan. Joyce’s experiences as a lecturer in Detroit in the early 1960s added to her understanding of the city and her social issues.

Joyce Oates’s 1970s novels explore characters involved in a number of American professional as well as cultural institutions whilst adding tragic features. ‘Wonderland’, published in 1971 narrates a story of a brilliant doctor who’s unable to establish a fulfilling home life. On the other hand, ‘Do With Me What You Will’ published in 1973 narrates a young attorney life honored by his friends for his dedication to social work. Oates’s The Assassins: A Book of Hours published in 1975 focuses on the impacts of the assassination of a prominent politician on his two brothers and more so, the wife. ‘Son of the Morning’, published in 1978 narrates the rise & fall of a minister whose faith is tested and strengthened by a number of happenings in his life. Lastly, ‘Unholy Loves’ published in 1979 focuses on the lives of some teachers at a small college in New York.

In the early 1980s, Joyce Oates published a number of novels based on publications by nineteenth-century authors. The foremost was ‘A Bloodsmoor Romance’ published in 1982. It’s a story of 5 maiden sisters who lived in Pennsylvania State in the late 1800s. The novel was influenced by Charlotte Bronte 1816 to 1855 writings and Emily Brontë 1818 to1848 writings. In ‘The Mysteries of Winterthur’ published in 1984, Joyce borrowed heavily from Edgar Allan Poe 1809 to 1849 works. While several critics dismissed these publications, others, citing Joyce Oates’s proficient description of evil, upheld that they were major achievements in literature.

Other publications

Throughout her writing career, Joyce has distributed her energies amongst various projects simultaneously. Her ‘On Boxing’, book-length essay published in 1987 resulted in more than one appearance mentioning on a televised boxing bout. Almost simultaneously, she submitted a mystery novel under a pseudonym to a publisher and had the delight of having it accepted. She published the work ‘Lives of the Twins’ under the title Rosamond Smith her reasons being she wanted a fresh reading and to escape from her own identity. Although she used the pseudonym repeatedly on numerous other books, she went back to using her original name on her ‘My Heart Laid Bare’ publication, wherein she explores morality during the 1920s.

Other forms of Oates’s works also address human’s darker sides. Most critics feel her short fiction, for which she’s received the O. Henry Special Award twice for Continuing Achievement, best show her main themes. Collections such as the 1974 publication ‘By the North Gate; Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Stories of Young America’; 1980 publication ‘The Lamb of Abyssalia)’; and the 1986 publication ‘Raven’s Wing’ has pieces that emphasis on abusive and violent relationships between men & women.

Later Publications

Some of Oates’s later publications include the 1990 ‘Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart’ where she returns to her familiar themes of violence and race, the 1992 ‘Black Water’, an narration of a catastrophic encounter between a young woman and a powerful U.S. senator at a party, and the 1993 ‘Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang’, which narrates the destructive doings of a gang of teenage girls, as well as several published and produced plays in the 1990s.

Oates published her twenty-ninth novel in 1999 called ‘Broke Heart Blues’. Her other publications included ‘Blonde’ (2000), based on Marilyn Monroe (an actress) life. It was a National Book Award finalist for fiction. Also published include ‘Getting to Know You’ (June 2000), and released a film based on her ‘Heat’ short story collection of 1992. In 2000, she published ‘Beast’ a novella and ‘Middle Age: A Romance’, a novel, which were her edited version of ‘The Best American Essays of the Century’ collection’.

Raymond Smith, Joyce Oates’s husband died in 2008 of pneumonia complications. She reflected on the time they spent together, his death as well as the aftermath in ‘A Widow’s Story’, her 2011 memoir.

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One Response to “Joyce Carol Oates”

  1. JoAnn Fowler: 1 year ago

    I read an excerpt from Ms. Oates latest book in the New Yorker magazine. It dealt with a mother and daughter. The daughter had an accident. Can you name the book for me.


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