Joyce Carol Oates | Critical Review by Elizabeth Janeway

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Joyce Carol Oates.
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SOURCE: "Clara the Climber," in The New York Times Book Review, September 10, 1967, pp. 5, 63.

In the review below, Janeway draws thematic parallels between A Garden of Earthly Delights and Theodore Dreiser's fiction.

This isn't the best book that Joyce Carol Oates is going to write, but if you want to see a big, solid talent getting under way, I suggest you read [A Garden of Earthly Delights.]

Miss Oates's approach to fiction is more like Dreiser's than that of anyone else I can think of. She is as absorbed in the interaction between individual Americans and the society they live in as he was. Her writing is clumsy in places, as his was (though less clumsy in language), inhabited by strong, vivid characters—ordinary, unromantic, but thoroughly alive. There are passages that could be cut and pages, contrariwise, that want fleshing out with action. But...

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