Joyce Carol Oates reads from Lovely, Dark, Deep at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International
With an introduction by her editor, the famous Daniel Halpern, one of the most prolific authors in American literature, having written over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, award-winning writer Joyce Carol Oates stepped onto the stage at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International and began by offering some stylistic background on her new Pulitzer Prize-nominated collection of short stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep (Ecco Reprint; May, 2015) before reading a story from it. The story begins with a young student approaching the great American poet Robert Frost at a Breadloaf Conference in Vermont. The student, named Evangeline at first is shy and tentative as she begins to interview Frost about his poetry, but she gains courage and begins to irritate the poet when she digs deeper into his well-known conservative politics. The story turns surreal as she exposes his family life of two daughters and a son, one of whom, she claimed, had killed himself over the poet's lack of parental love, causing the great poet to collapse though still breathing.
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