First Death, 1950

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of some one hundred books in multiple genres, including the novel Little Bird of Heaven (2009), the story collection Sourland (2010), and the memoir A Widow’s Story (2011), all from Ecco. The 2010 recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement of the National Book Critics Circle, Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978. Oates’s “Ballerina” appeared in our fortieth-anniversary retrospective (Spring 1986).

The Carthaginians’ Letter to the Vandals

Three Ways of Reading a Detective Story or a Brahms Intermezzo

on A History of Modern Poetry: From the 1890’s to the High Modernist Mode by David Perkins

on A Loving Gentleman: The Love Story of William Faulkner and Meta Carpenter by Meta Carpenter Wilde, Orin Borsten

on Mark Twain’s Notebooks & Journals, Volume I (1855-1873) Volume II (1877-1883) by Frederick Anderson, Michael B. Frank, Kenneth M. Sanderson, Lin Salamo, Bernard L. Stein

on Millions of Strange Shadows by Anthony Hecht; A Swim off the Rocks by Howard Moss; The Compass Flower by W. S. Merwin; Keeping Watch by Robert Pack; & Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See by Marvin Bell

on Clearing by Wendell Berry; The Swastika Poems by William Heyen; & Out-of-the-Body Travel by Stanley Plumly

on Newdick’s Season of Frost: An Interrupted Biography of Robert Frost by William A. Sutton