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As a teacher, Oates emphasizes the importance of reading widely with enthusiasm, pleasure, and purpose.Telling Stories reflects this emphasis, introducing students to a variety of models for their own writing and encouraging them to concentrate on details, revise often, make material their own, experiment with genre, and ultimately find their own voice. Edited by a contemp ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published October 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company
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“We need myths to get by. We need story; otherwise the tremendous randomness of experience overwhelms us. Story is what penetrates.”
― Robert Coover
I think we can all agree on how one key ingredient for a good work of fiction is the aliveness of characters. But how far do we go with this? Case in point - I offer the following micro-fiction:
Real Life Characters
Basil Blackhorn is writing his novel. Basil Blackhorn is the kind of novelist who lets his characters develop a life of their own. Basil Bl ...more
This particular anthology is one of those that is worth reading just for that one story, (that one essay, hell, that one line even!) that sparks in the reader the sensations of resonance and wonder. I will doubtless return to these narratives again and again, so arresting and diverse are the works of Williams and Rhys and Dybek and Updike and Ames and Ellison and Dillard and Oates. Daniel Halpern's "Coffee" and M.F.K. Fisher's "Those Who Must Jump" in particular, I think, will linger with me for ...more
Sep 21, 2010 Wendy rated it it was amazing
The categories that Joyce Carol Oates uses for organizing the anthologies, and the way that she presents narrative in short fiction, and in memoir, and in poetry, resonates well with my students. I was thrilled to see many of my favorite writers here and to discover a few new, delightful voices.
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Laure ...moreMore about Joyce Carol Oates...