A poignant, nostalgic collection of literary criticism by one of America's premier authors. Kirkus ReviewsIn Rough Country is a sterling collection of essays, reviews, and criticism from Joyce Carol Oates that focuses on a wide array of books and writers from Poe to Nabokov, from Flannery O Connor to Phillip Roth. One of our foremost novelists, National Book Awardand PEN/Malamud Award winner Oates demonstrates an unparalleled understanding and appreciation of great works of literature with In Rough Country, and offers unique and breathtaking insights into the writer's art.
“Oates writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn’t look back...long sentences unfold with great beauty, and [Oates’s] line of argument follows not an artificial arc but the natural course of thought.”
-New York Times Book Review