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“A writer of extraordinary strengths…she has dealt consistently with what is probably the great American theme – the quest for the creation of self…Her great subject, naturally, is love.”
The iconic, extraordinary Joyce Carol Oates is the recipient of the National Book Award and five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Beautiful Days is a collection of mesmerizing stories of passion, independence, and defiance.
For over half a century, Oates has penned best-selling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, essays, plays, poetry, and a memoir. Her remarkable literary industry—which includes work as an editor and anthologist—spans forms, themes, topics and genres. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2010 by President Barack Obama.
In Beautiful Days, a collection of thirteen stories, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning “Undocumented Alien,” Oates explores the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance.
More about Joyce Carol Oates
New York Times, March 2018
Sex, Lies and Subterfuge Roil Joyce Carol Oates’s New Story Collection
TIME, May 2015
Joyce Carol Oates to Grads: Be Stubborn and Optimistic
Smithsonian, March 2010
Joyce Carol Oates Goes Home Again
“In Beautiful Days, the prolific author once again delivers a selection of skillfully written stories as powerful as any she has produced in her long and distinguished career.”
Join us in the Music Hall Foyer after the lecture to get your book signed or personalized. Classic Lines will have books for sale.