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Book Review: Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Bly

Joyce Carol Oates. Dutton Books, 1994. Originally published 1994. 28 pages. Gothic tale.

★★

Few people will argue with me when I state that Joyce Carol Oates is a talented author, who has proved herself more than capable of writing stories that positively shines with originality. 499 more words

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A Tale of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation edited by John Freeman (OR Books)

This anthology of 36 essays, short stories and poems concerned with addressing the financial inequalities, systematic injustice, entrenched racism and oppression, poor treatment of immigrants and increased mechanisation possesses a depth of shared experiences within an impassioned plea for a more emphatic ethics. 465 more words

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The imagination of form

In his new book The Shadow in The Garden, James Atlas—the acclaimed author of biographies of Delmore Schwartz and Saul Bellow—quotes Leon Edel, the legendary biographer of Henry James: “A writer of lives is allowed the imagination of form but not of fact.” The line appears in the introductory “manifesto” to Edel’s… 1,111 more words

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The Sacrifice

When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. 250 more words

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I Am No One You Know: Stories—Joyce Carol Oates

Back cover text: I Am No One You Know contains nineteen startling stories that bear witness to the remarkably varied lives of Americans of our time. 553 more words

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