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The Short Stories of Joyce Carol Oates

"Among contemporary writers, Joyce Carol Oates is the unrivaled American master of the short story. She has exploited the genre with such energy, versatility, and resourcefulness that critics routinely compare her not with any of her contemporaries but with past writers such as Chekhov and and James."

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been: Selected Early Stories"Her work encompasses a broad range of styles and techniques, from realistic, carefully plotted stories in the tradition of Henry James to bold, metafictional experiments inspired by Nabokov and Borges. Underlying this dissimilarity of approach, however, is a consistent aesthetic program, described by Oates in 1982: 'My method has always been to combine the "naturalistic" world with the "symbolic" method of expression, so that I am always—or usually—writing about real people in a real society, but the means of expression may be naturalistic, realistic, surreal, or parodistic. In this way I have, to my own satisfaction at least, solved the old problem—should one be faithful to the "real" world, or to one's imagination?'"

—Greg Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates: A Study of the Short Fiction

Story Collections

  • High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread / 2014
  • Black Dahlia & White Rose / 2012
  • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares / 2011
  • Give Me Your Heart: Tales of Mystery and Suspense / 2011
  • Sourland: Stories / 2010
  • Dear Husband: Stories / 2009
  • Wild Nights!: Stories about the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway / 2008
  • The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense / 2007
  • High Lonesome: New & Selected Stories, 1966–2006 / 2006
  • The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense / 2006
  • I Am No One You Know: Stories / 2004
  • Faithless: Tales of Transgression / 2001
  • The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque / 1998
  • Will You Always Love Me? And Other Stories / 1996
  • Demon and other tales / 1996
  • Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque / 1994
  • Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Selected Early Stories / 1993
  • Where Is Here?: Stories / 1992
  • Heat And Other Stories / 1991
  • Oates In Exile / 1990
  • The Assignation: Stories / 1989
  • Raven's Wing: Stories / 1986
  • Wild Saturday / 1984
  • Last Days: Stories / 1984
  • A Sentimental Education: Stories / 1980
  • All the Good People I've Left Behind / 1979
  • Night-Side: Eighteen Tales / 1977
  • Crossing the Border: Fifteen Tales / 1976
  • The Poisoned Kiss And Other Stories from the Portuguese / 1975
  • The Seduction & Other Stories / 1975
  • Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Stories of Young America / 1974
  • The Goddess and Other Women / 1974
  • The Hungry Ghosts: Seven Allusive Comedies / 1974
  • Marriages and Infidelities: Short Stories / 1972
  • The Wheel of Love And Other Stories / 1970
  • Upon the Sweeping Flood And Other Stories / 1966
  • By the North Gate / 1963