Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Selected Early Storiesby Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates's selected early stories. Oates has chosen twenty-seven of her early stories, many of them O. Henry Award and/or Best American Short Story selections, for this volume, the only collection of her early stories available.
- Random House Publishing Group
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Meet the Author
Joyce Carol Oates is one of our most important and well known writers—and one of America’s foremost writers of the short story form. She is also a regular contributor of reviews and criticism for the New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. She also reads and lectures widely throughout the US, at universities and bookstores.
- Princeton, New Jersey
- Date of Birth:
- June 16, 1938
- Place of Birth:
- Lockport, New York
- B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961
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I just recently read this story. I enjoyed it because in my opinion, you make up your own ending and you catogorize each character by what you think. I felt that the character Arnold Friend represented Satan. However, there are people who feel as though he may have been a saviour. I said Satan because of the emphasis that he could not fit his shoes properly(Satan was said to have cloven hoofs), and also how he knew everything about her from friends to family (also something a saviour might know). Where Mrs.Oates threw me off was with the numbers on the car. What did that mean? If in fact Arnold Friend was a messenger from God, could the number 33 stand for the age that Jesus died? If so, what do the numbers 17 and 19 stand for? Overall, I really enjoyed this story. The story has a close resemblence to song 'It's all over now baby blue,' by Bob Dylan.