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By Joyce Carol Oates

« Écrire est… une drogue, douce, irrésistible, et épuisante, » affirme Joyce Carol Oates dans cet very important et fascinant récit d'une partie de sa vie, qu’elle entreprend le 1er janvier 1973. Âgée alors de 34 ans et déjà établie comme une bold romancière et nouvelliste, J. C. Oates a consolidé sa réputation littéraire avec un nationwide booklet Award. Dans les années très productives qui suivront, elle proceed parallèlement de tenir son magazine qui, déposé aujourd’hui aux records de l’université de Syracuse, contient plus de four 000 pages dactylographiées. Bien que détestant être qualifiée de prolifique, Oates écrit chaque jour avec une énergie fiévreuse : elle utilise elle-même le mot « obsédée ».

Addition précieuse à une œuvre remarquable, ce magazine est un huge fragment d’autobiographie de l’un des auteurs américains les plus populaires et les plus respectés. De ces lignes « écrites au fil de los angeles plume et spontanément » émerge un portrait non expurgé de l’artiste en femme, écrivain, professeur, amie. Joyce Carol Oates parle de manière à l. a. fois très franche et très émouvante de son mariage (avec Raymond Smith), de sa vie d’enseignante (à Windsor puis à Princeton), de son manque d’instinct maternel et des heures qu’elle passe au piano – une obsession presque égale à celle de l’écriture. Sa réputation croissante dans le monde littéraire l’amène à des rencontres et des amitiés avec d’autres écrivains connus dont Philip Roth, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion et bien d’autres. Mais, jamais très confortable avec les signes extérieurs de los angeles célébrité, Oates ne cesse de se réfugier dans sa vie intérieure à l. a. poursuite de son œuvre. Une œuvre dont ce magazine est à coup sûr une pièce majeure.

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What exactly does it mean to make use of these countless sources? How can we rescue from oblivion these lives that were never made note of even when they were alive (or if they were recognized it was only in order to punish them)? If we believed that history should be a full-fledged resurrection of the past, the task would be simply impossible. And yet, this clamoring population of the archive seems like a plea. Faced with it, you feel alone, like an individual confronting a crowd. Alone, and more than a little fascinated.

What exactly does it mean to make use of these countless sources? How can we rescue from oblivion these lives that were never made note of even when they were alive (or if they were recognized it was only in order to punish them)? If we believed that history should be a full-fledged resurrection of the past, the task would be simply impossible. And yet, this clamoring population of the archive seems like a plea. Faced with it, you feel alone, like an individual confronting a crowd. Alone, and more than a little fascinated.

But nothing indicates one door over another. It is at this moment that he begins to lose a little of his confidence. We see him hesitate, slightly intimidated, before affecting an air of false certainty. He has lost the relaxed nonchalance of his arrival, especially since he has just spotted several people whose appearance is unmistakable. They are veteran readers, their On the Front Door 19 footsteps regular and quick. They inhabit this space unpretentiously, but with the characteristic ease of those who have long grown accustomed to this sort of warren.

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