Joyce Carol Oates's Top Ten List

For most writers, 25 short story collections would be three careers. For Joyce Carol Oates it’s just a notch on her heavyweight title belt as the World’s Most Prolific Literary Artist.

Her latest collection, “Black Dahlia & White Rose,” receives a mixed review in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. “The stories in this collection generally involve a combination of macabre events, fantastical turns and unguarded first-person storytelling,” writes critic Randy Boyagoda. “Throughout, Oates explores the rough fortunes of (mostly) women who think they’re in control of their situations but are inevitably proved wrong, sometimes brutally so.”

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Joyce Carol Oates’s Top Ten List

  1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866).
  2. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
  3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929).
  4. The poems of Emily Dickinson (1830–86).
  5. The stories of Franz Kafka (1883–1924).
  6. The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1830).
  7. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence (1915).
  8. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence (1920).
  9. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884).

New List

Jim Harrison (1937-2016)

1. The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1872).
2. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847).
4. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
5. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
6. Independent People by Halldór Laxness (1934).
7. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (1936).
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).
9. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934).
10. The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942).


Classic List

Craig Nova

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925).
2. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford (1915).
3. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford (1928).
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).
5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880).
6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869).
7. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (1927).
8. Jazz by Toni Morrison (1992).
9. The Plague by Albert Camus (1947).
10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1860–61).


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