Joyce Carol Oates

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Born: 16 June 1938, Lockport, New York

Oates attended a one-room schoolhouse and started reading at an early age. Her grandmother gave her a typewriter when she was fourteen and she started writing short stories. After graduating from Williamsville South High School (Williamsville, New York) in 1956 she won a scholarship to Syracuse University where she wrote "novel after novel" but threw them all away. While at Syracuse she won a Mademoiselle magazine writing contest. She was valedictorian when she graduated in 1960, then received her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison the following year. She married Raymond J. Smith, a fellow graduate student, in 1961, they were married until his death in 2008. Her first novel, With Shuddering Fall, was published in 1964 and she has maintained a furious pace ever since with over fifty novels and a similar quantity of short stories and plays. She taught at the University of Detroit from 1962 to 1968. In reaction to Vietnam and the Detroit race riots of 1967, she and her husband moved north, both teaching at the University of Windsor in Ontario. They founded a literary magazine, The Ontario Review, there. In 1978 she accepted a professorship at Princeton where she still teaches. She has won a wide range of awards for her work, including the National Book Award for them, three of her novels were nominated for Pulitzers, and she has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature twice. She has been a life-long fan of boxing, writing a book-length essay on the subject, serving as a TV commentator on at least one match, and having written about a number of bouts. At some point she set aside the typewriter from her youth, not to replace it with a computer but a pen.

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