4 June 2020 - 13 Sivan 5780 - י"ג סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Joyce Carol Oates receives the 2019 Jerusalem Prize E-mail

American author Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most important writers of her generation, received the prestigious Jerusalem Prize on 12 May, granted to her by the city’s Mayor Moshe Lion.

Oates, born 1938, has written many works of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, essays, and plays, with the Jerusalem Prize being but the latest addition to her collection of awards. She is most widely known for bestselling titles including We Were the Mulvaneys (selected by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club), Blonde (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award), and American gothic novel The Accursed.

Jerusalem Prize jury members Dr. Omri Herzog, Professor Shimon Adaf, and Dr. Tamar Hess announced in a joint statement: “Over the course of more than five decades, Joyce Carol Oates has created a rich body of literary work. Her creative work dictates new creative horizons and denotes a continuous breach of boundaries. Although her work is characterised by an unmistakable voice, she continues to surprise her many readers with the elaborate narratives she creates, as well as the thematic variations of her works. With a deep and profound psychological understanding, she confronts her heroes – as well as her readers – with the ways in which people deal with internal or external demons, and their struggle defines the boundaries of the human being. But this confrontation, even in its wildest manifestations, attracts a constant line of grace and compassion.”

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