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“In essence, I think I am, still, this child-self so like an American cousin of Lewis Carroll’s Alice.”

This essay by Joyce Carol Oates, “In the Absence of Mentors/Monsters: Notes on Writerly Influences,” was actually published in Narrative Magazine in Fall 2009, but it’s now available online at the Huffington Post. Read this whole essay here, and I’ve excerpted a few relevant passages: Early Influences. Often it’s said that the only influences that matter greatly… [read full post]

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