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Joyce Carol Oates Books In Order

Publication Order of Garden Of Earthly Delights Books

A Garden of Earthly Delights (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Expensive People (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Them (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wonderland (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Gothic Saga Books

Bellefleur (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bloodsmoor Romance (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Heart Laid Bare (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Accursed (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Gothic Saga Collections

Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

With Shuddering Fall (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Do With Me What You Will (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Assassins: A Book of Hours (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Childwold (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Son of the Morning (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cybele (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unholy Loves (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel of Light (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Luxury of Sin (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Solstice (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marya: A Life (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Must Remember This (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lives of the Twins (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Appetites (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soul/Mate (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nemesis (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snake Eyes (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What I Lived For (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Can't Catch Me (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zombie (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
We Were the Mulvaneys (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Delight (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man Crazy (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Broke Heart Blues (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starr Bright Will Be With You Soon (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blonde (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Barrens (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Middle-Age: A Romance (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I'll Take You There (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tattooed Girl (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freaky Green Eyes (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Take Me, Take Me with You (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Falls (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mother, Missing (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sexy (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stolen Heart (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Mask (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Girl, White Girls (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gravedigger's Daughter (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fair Maiden (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Bird of Heaven (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mudwoman (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daddy Love (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carthage (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sacrifice (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack of Spades (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Without a Shadow (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Book of American Martyrs (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hazards of Time Travel (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

The Triumph of the Spider Monkey (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Lock My Door Upon Myself (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rise of Life on Earth (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Water (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Love (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beasts (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rape: A Love Story (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spotted Hyenas: A Romance (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Patricide (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rescuer (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sign of the Beast (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

By the North Gate (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Upon the Sweeping Ford and Other Stories (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?': Stories of Young America (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anonymous Sins and Other Poems (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cupid and Psyche (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love and Its Derangements (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wheel of Love (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Saturday and Other Stories (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marriages and Infidelities (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel Fire: Poems (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Goddess and Other Women (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hungry Ghosts: Seven Allusive Comedies (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poisoned Kiss and Other Stories from the Portuguese (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seduction and Other Stories (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fabulous Beasts: Poems (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossing the Border: Fifteen Tales (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night-Side: 18 Tales (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women Whose Lives are Food, Men Whose Lives are Money: Poems (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Good People I've Left Behind (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Plays (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Sentimental Education (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Invisible Woman (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Days (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Raven's Wing (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Time Traveler: Poems (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Assignation (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Demon and Other Tales (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heat and Other Stories (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oates in Exile (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twelve Plays (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where is Here?: Stories (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Will You Always Love Me?: And Other Stories (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Perfectionist and Other Plays (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tenderness: Poems (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Plays (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where I've Been, and Where I'm Going: Essays, Reviews, and Prose (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Faithless: Tales of Transgression (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Small Avalanches and Other Stories (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Am No One You Know: Stories (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories, 1966-2006 (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dear Husband: Stories (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sourland: Stories (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Dahlia & White Rose (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Nights! and Grandpa Clemens & Angelfish 1906: Two One Act Plays (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doll-Master (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dis Mem Ber (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beautiful Days (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night-Gaunts (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

Miracle Play (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Stand Before You Naked (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

Come Meet Muffin! (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where is Little Reynard (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Naughty Cherie! (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Kitten (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Scenes From American Life: Contemporary Short Fiction (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Short Stories 1979 (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Walks: A Bedside Companion (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Story: Fictions Past and Present (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reading the Fights (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Essays 1991 (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sophisticated Cat: A Gathering of Stories, Poems, and Miscellaneous Writings About Cats (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Gothic Tales (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snapshots: 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best New American Voices 2003 (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Jersey Noir (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Edge of Impossibility: Tragic Forms in Literature (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hostile Sun: The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Heaven, New Earth: The Visionary Experience in Literature (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Contraries: Essays (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Profane Art: Essays and Reviews (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Person Singular: Writers on Their Craft (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Boxing (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Woman Writer: Occasions and Opportunities (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
George Bellows: American Artist (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Life of the Writer, The Life of the Career: Prolegomena to a Personal Ethics (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uncensored: Views and (Re)views (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973-1982 (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Muhammad Ali: Ringside (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Rough Country (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Widow's Story: A Memoir (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soul at the White Heat (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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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