Friday, December 10, 2010

Joyce Carol Oates on Belle Isle

Joyce Carol Oates has a touching essay about the death of her husband, Raymond Smith, in the December 13 issue of the New Yorker. Unfortunately, the story is only accessible with a subscription.

Available online is a selection of photos of the couple, including one of her on Belle Isle with the Detroit River in the background. Both she and the river look lovely.

Oates was an English professor at the University of Detroit from 1962 until she took a job at the University of Windsor in 1968. Her National-Book-Award-winning novel "them" is set in Detroit and based loosely on the life of one of her students there.

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