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The Female of the Species

Tales of Mystery and Suspense

by Joyce Carol Oates

The Female of the Species by Joyce Carol Oates
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2006
    288 pages
    Genre: Short Stories & Essays

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With wicked insight, Joyce Carol Oates demonstrates why the females of the species - be they six-year-old girls, seemingly devoted wives, or aging mothers - are by nature more deadly than the males.

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'As evidenced in this collection of nine stories, Oates's imagination is still fertile, feverish and macabre.' - PW.
'Oates' prose is luminous, but some readers might find her femmes a bit too fatale.' - Booklist.
'Those who can weather the Oates tics (the overused parentheses; the words that repeat, repeat, repeat; all those candles and flames) will savor this clever mind stooping to middlebrow level.' - Kirkus.

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Joyce Carol Oates Author Biography

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Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York, in 1938 and grew up on the family farm where she developed a love of literature and writing. She earned a scholarship to Syracuse University and graduated valedictorian. She then took a masters degree, after which she started teaching at the University of Detroit where she met her first husband Raymond J Smith. In the late '60s, they moved to the University of Windsor in Canada, where they were co-editors of the literary quaterly publication The Ontario Review. In the late 1970s she took a teaching position at Princeton University where she is currently the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities.

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