David Shields graduated magna cum laude with Honors in English Literature from Brown University and earned his MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop. He published his first novel, Heroes, in 1984 and his second, Dead Languages, in 1989.
Shields is best known for his blending of genres, which began with his third book, Handbook for Drowning: A Novel in Stories. His stories such as Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity and Enough About You: Notes Toward the New Autobiography blur the lines of fiction, autobiography, and essay as Shields writes in a style that is suggested to represent the fragmented culture of this modern age.
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Joyce Carol Oates has won two O. Henry Awards, a National Book Award, and the Stone Award for Literary Lifetime Achievement, just to name a few.
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.”