The Book That Changed My Life

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates received the 1970 National Book Award in Fiction for Them. She has had five other titles named short-listed Finalists for the award: A Garden of Earthly Delights, 1968; Expensive People, 1969; Wonderland, 1972; Because It Is Bitter, Because It Is My Heart, 1990; and Blonde, 2000.

Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass with its fluid blend of dreamlike narrative and surreal fantasy, and its courageous, curious girl heroine, has probably been the book that most influenced my imaginative life. And I read it when I was so young, eight years old, I had no "critical" reservations whatsoever.

Joyce Carol Oates