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Soul at the White Heat - Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life

Joyce Carol Oates

A new collection of critical and personal essays on the writing life, from National Book Award—winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates. “Why do we write?” With this question, Joyce Carol Oates, in this new collection of seminal essays and criticism, begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer’s inspiration—do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something “happen” to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer’s best work? In Soul at the White Heat, Oates deploys her keenest critical faculties, conjuring contemporary and past voices whose work she deftly and creatively dissects for clues to these elusive questions. Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, and many others appear as predecessors and peers—material through which Oates sifts in acting as literary detective, philosopher, and student. The book is at its most thrilling when watching the writer herself at work, and Oates provides rare insight into her own process, in candid, self-aware dispatches from the author’s writing room. Longtime admirers of Joyce Carol Oates’s novels as well as her nonfiction will discover much to be inspired by and obsess upon in this inventive collection from an American master. As the New York Times has said of her essays, “Oates’s writing has always seemed effortless: urgent, unafraid, torrential. She writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn’t look back.”

A new collection of critical and personal essays on the writing life, from National Book Award—winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates. “Why do we write?” With this question, Joyce Carol Oates, in this new collection of seminal essays and criticism, begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer’s inspiration—do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something “happen” to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer’s best work? In Soul at the White Heat, Oates deploys her keenest critical faculties, conjuring contemporary and past voices whose work she deftly and creatively dissects for clues to these elusive questions. Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, and many others appear as predecessors and peers—material through which Oates sifts in acting as literary detective, philosopher, and student. The book is at its most thrilling when watching the writer herself at work, and Oates provides rare insight into her own process, in candid, self-aware dispatches from the author’s writing room. Longtime admirers of Joyce Carol Oates’s novels as well as her nonfiction will discover much to be inspired by and obsess upon in this inventive collection from an American master. As the New York Times has said of her essays, “Oates’s writing has always seemed effortless: urgent, unafraid, torrential. She writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn’t look back.”
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A new collection of critical and personal essays on the writing life, from National Book Award—winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates. “Why do we write?” With this question, Joyce Carol Oates, in this new collection of seminal essays and criticism, begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer’s inspiration—do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something “happen” to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer’s best work? In Soul at the White Heat, Oates deploys her keenest critical faculties, conjuring contemporary and past voices whose work she deftly and creatively dissects for clues to these elusive questions. Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, and many others appear as predecessors and peers—material through which Oates sifts in acting as literary detective, philosopher, and student. The book is at its most thrilling when watching the writer herself at work, and Oates provides rare insight into her own process, in candid, self-aware dispatches from the author’s writing room. Longtime admirers of Joyce Carol Oates’s novels as well as her nonfiction will discover much to be inspired by and obsess upon in this inventive collection from an American master. As the New York Times has said of her essays, “Oates’s writing has always seemed effortless: urgent, unafraid, torrential. She writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn’t look back.”

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Ericksen

Length:

15h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:10:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

39:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

58:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

32:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

32:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

27:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

29:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

27:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

36:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

33:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

47:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

49:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:40