Soul at the White Heat

Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life
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Product Number: Z100116313
Released: Sep 20, 2016
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ISBN: #9780062571878
Narrator/s: Susan Ericksen
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A new collection of critical and personal essays on the writing life, from National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates. "Why do we write?" With this question, Joyce Carol Oates, in this new collection of seminal essays and criticism, begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer's inspiration-do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something "happen" to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer's best work? In Soul at the White Heat, Oates deploys her keenest critical faculties, conjuring contemporary and past voices whose work she deftly and creatively dissects for clues to these elusive questions. Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, and many others appear as predecessors and peers-material through which Oates sifts in acting as literary detective, philosopher, and student. The book is at its most thrilling when watching the writer herself at work, and Oates provides rare insight into her own process, in candid, self-aware dispatches from the author's writing room. Longtime admirers of Joyce Carol Oates's novels as well as her nonfiction will discover much to be inspired by and obsess upon in this inventive collection from an American master. As the New York Times has said of her essays, "Oates's writing has always seemed effortless: urgent, unafraid, torrential. She writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn't look back."

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Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
Original Publish Date: Sep 20, 2016

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Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
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"Renowned literary writer Joyce Carol Oates shares her thoughts on writing and reading in what could be called her literary memoir. Narrator Susan Ericksen captures Oates's essence with great style and clear enunciation. The collection of writers Oates discusses is eclectic--H.P Lovecraft, John Updike, Larry McMurtry, and Margaret Atwood, to name a few. With each author she explores a particular work, framing its significance within his or her previous works and the culture in which it was produced. There's a haughtiness to Eriksen's delivery, which aligns with Oates's linguistic flourishes. The author delves deeply into the abstract, and Eriksen is there to make her meaning clear through pacing and emphasis. L.E. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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