Joyce Carol Oates’s first work for the stage, Miracle Play, appeared in 1974, and others opened later to appreciative audiences. In addition, Oates has published collections of short stories with regularity. These began with By the North Gate (1963), which predated her first novel, and continued with collections such as Upon the Sweeping Flood (1966), The Wheel of Love (1970), Marriages and Infidelities (1972), Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? (1974), The Poisoned Kiss (1975), The Seduction (1975), Crossing the Border (1976), All the Good People I’ve Left Behind (1978), A Sentimental Education (1980), Raven’s Wing (1986), The Assignation (1988), Where Is Here? (1992), Faithless: Tales of Transgression (2001), The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (2006), and Wild Nights! Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway (2008). In the early years of the twenty-first century, Oates added literature for children and young adults to her repertoire. These works include Big Mouth and Ugly Girl (2002), Freaky Green Eyes (2003), After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away (2006), and Naughty Chérie (2008).
While Oates is often recognized as one of the primary American writers of imaginative literature, she also is a highly respected reviewer and critic. Some of Oates’s best literary criticism and writing about her work has been collected in such volumes as New Heaven, New Earth: The Visionary Experience in Literature (1974); (Woman) Writer: Occasions and Opportunities (1988), Where I’ve Been, and Where I’m Going: Essays, Reviews, and Prose (1999), and The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art (2003). In addition, Oates has edited several anthologies of the short fiction and nonfiction of other authors, including Night Walks: A Bedside Companion (1982), First Person Singular: Writers on Their Craft(1983), American Gothic Tales (1996), Snapshots: Twentieth Century Mother-Daughter Fiction (2000; with Janet Berliner), and The Best American Mystery Stories (2005; with Otto Penzler). Oates’s books of poems include Anonymous Sins, and Other Poems (1969), Angel Fire (1973), Women Whose Lives Are Food, Men Whose Lives Are Money (1978), The Time Traveler (1989), and Tenderness (1996). In 1974, Oates and her husband founded the literary journal Ontario Review.