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Too many wild Oates

The ever-abundant Joyce Carol Oates continues to create fresh shocks - too many

By Kate Kellaway   July 2003

Book: Faithless Author: Joyce Carol Oates Price: 4th Estate,£7.99

Does Joyce Carol Oates write too much? I take a look at the inside leaf of her newest book and start to count: 29 novels; eight thrillers; 23 short story collections; four novellas; eight collections of poetry; seven plays; eight collections of essays and a book for children. I thought I’d read a large slice of her work but it turns out I have barely started.

Oates is a professor at Princeton-a cultivated, wry, oblique writer with a taste for sentences of Jamesian length. She is a ventriloquist and no character…

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