Upon the Sweeping Flood and other stories by Joyce Carol Oates
New York : The Vanguard Press, 1966. Second printing. Hardcover. 250 pages ; 21 cm. Price clipped dust jacket. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
Upon the sweeping flood is other stories
JOYCE CAROL OATES
author of "By the North Gate"
In UPON THE SWEEPING FLOOD, Joyce Carol Oates again brings to the short story the prodigious talent that won her such critical acclaim in By the North Gate. Here are stories that are intense, ironic, sinister, and violent, reflecting incisively the mores of a frightening world — a world in which love is complex and difficult, in which evil is ordinary, in which senseless actions lead to even more senseless non sequiturs, in which religion becomes antiseptic, in which families and societies exploit one another ... in which the enemy is imagined to be external, but is, in reality, within.
Many of the stories have already been awarded prizes in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards (for 1964 and 1965), and have been included in The Best American Short Stories, 1964 and Fifty Best American Short Stories, 1915-1965, and have appeared as well in such magazines as Southwest Review, Kenyon Review, Colorado Quarterly, and Cosmopolitan.
JOYCE CAROL OATES, winner of the National Book Award for fiction in 1970, was born in 1938 and grew up in the country outside Lockport, New York. She was graduated from Syracuse University in 1960 and received her Master's Degree in English from the University of Wisconsin.
From the start of her writing career Miss Oates has earned high literary acclaim. She has won countless literary awards, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1967-68 and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters for her novel A Garden of Earthly Delights. For this novel she was nominated a leading fiction contender for the National Book Award, as she was for her novel, Expensive People. She won the National Book Award for her novel them. When The Wheel of Love was published, it was acclaimed by Library Journal as "Quite simply, one of the finest collections of short fiction ever written by an American." Her two most recent novels, Wonderland and Do With Me What You Will received nationwide praise, and the latter was a major selection of the Literary Guild of America. Her recent volume of essays, The Edge of Impossibility: Tragic Forms in Literature, was called "extraordinary," "perceptive," "provocative," "brilliant."
Miss Oates's stories have been widely anthologized. She was First Prize winner of the O. Henry Awards in 1967 and appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories also in 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971. In addition, she was selected for a Special Award for Continuing Achievement given in connection with the O. Henry Prize Awards in 1970. Her stories are also in the Literary Anthology 1967 and 1968 (under the National Foundation of the Arts and the Humanities), Best American Short Stories (1963-65, 1967, 1969, 1970), Fifty Best American Short Stories 1915-1965, and in The Writer in America. They have also been published in The Southern Review, The Partisan Review, Harper's, The Atlantic, and many other magazines.
A limited engagement of her play, Ontological Proof of My Existence, recently produced in New York, was acclaimed by Jack Kroll of Newsweek as a "firecracker of a closet drama . . . like everything she writes, a direct eruption from her strange, disturbing and powerful sensibility."
Miss Oates is Professor of English at the University of Windsor, Ontario, and lives in Canada with her husband, Mr. Raymond Smith.
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