She took interest in literature at an early age, thanks to her grandmother’s gift of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” She began writing at age 14 when her grandmother gave her a typewriter.
While attending Syracuse University, Oates trained herself by writing novel after novel, then throwing them out and starting over. She graduated Valedictorian with a degree in English and went on to get her MA from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Only two years after her graduation, Oates published her first short story collection, “By the North Gate.”
Listen in as UC Berkeley presents “Joyce Carol Oates- Story Hour in the Library.”
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