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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman: A Celebration

By Joyce Carol Oates

Originally published in Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1998, and reprinted in Where I’ve Been, And Where I’m Going

“He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine.

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Joyce Carol Oates on Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tragic Rites in Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed

That so prodigiously long and so luridly convoluted a novel as The Possessed evolves, nevertheless, with the structural coherence of a tragedy of Aeschylus or Euripides is a testament of Dostoyevsky’s unparalleled genius. 479 more words

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Tragic and Comic Visions in The Brothers Karamazov

By Joyce Carol Oates

Originally published in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Winter 1968-69; reprinted in The Edge of Impossibility.

There is no writer who better demonstrates the contradictions and fluctuations of the creative mind than Dostoevski, and Dostoevski nowhere more astonishingly than in  7,856 more words

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Tragic Rites in Dostoyevsky's The Possessed

By Joyce Carol Oates

Originally published in The Georgia Review, Fall 1978; Reprinted in Contraries.

Somehow it has happened—no one knows quite how, or why—that the incidence of violence and robbery has doubled. 11,119 more words

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Two Dead as Joyce Carol Oates Books Collapse on Shoppers

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Firemen worked frantically against the clock in a desperate attempt to save the lives of shoppers at the Barnes & Noble bookstore here after a shelf gave way when “The Sacrifice,” the most recent work by prolific author Joyce Carol Oates, was added to her already bulging collection of titles. 246 more words

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Joyce Carol Oates on William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Existence: Shakespeare’s “Trolius and Cressida”

Troilus and Cressida, that most vexing and ambiguous of Shakespeare’s plays, strikes the modern reader as a contemporary document—its investigation of numerous infidelities, its criticism of tragic pretensions, above all, its implicit debate between what is essential in human life and what is only existential are themes of the twentieth century. 390 more words

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"Is This the Promised End?": The Tragedy of King Lear

By Joyce Carol Oates

Originally published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Fall 1974. Reprinted in Contraries.

Thou art a soul in bliss, but I am bound…

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