Life of Joyce Carol Oates

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Birth

June 16, 1938

Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York.

High School Graduation

1956

Oates graduated from Williamsville South High School.

College Graduation

1960

Oates graduated from Syracuse University as valedictorian with a degree in English.

Master's Degree

1961

Oates received her Master's Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Marriage #1

1961 - 2008

Oates' married Raymond J. Smith.

Teaching

1961

Oates' began teaching in Beaumont, Texas.

Detroit

1962

She taught at the University of Detroit.

First Book

1963

Oates' first book was a collection of short stories, By the North Gate, published.

First Novel

1964

Oates' first novel was published: titled With Shuddering Fall

Dedication

1966

Oates' short story, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, was dedicated to Bob Dylan.

O. Henry Award

1967

She won an O. Henry Award for "In the Region of Ice."

Windsor

1968

Oates' began teaching at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

National Book Award

1970

She won a National Book Award for Fiction for "them"

O. Henry Award #2

1973

Oates' won a second O. Henry Award for "The Dead.

Literary Magazine

1974

Oates' and her husband founded a literary magazine called "The Ontario Review," where she was the associate editor.

Princeton

1978

Oates' began teaching at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Publishing House

1980

Oates' and her husband founded a publishing house called Ontario Review Books.

Rosamond Smith

1987 - 2001

Oates' worte many novels under the name Rosamond Smith.

Bram Stoker Award

1996

She won a Bram Stoker Award for Novel for "Zombie."

PEN/Malamud Award

1996

She won a PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story.

Lauren Kelly

2003 - 2006

Oates' wrote a few novels using the name Lauren Kelly.

Husband's death

February 18, 2008

Oates' husband died from comlications with pneumonia.

Marriage #2

2009

Oates' married Charles Gross, who was a professor at Pronceton University.