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A Garden of Earthly Delights

(1966)
(The first book in the Wonderland Quartet series)
A novel by

 
 
The first book in Oates's famous trilogy that includes Expensive People and the National Book Award winner them

In her second novel, Joyce Carol Oates, author of many bestselling novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, created one of her most memorable heroines, Clara, the beautiful daughter of migrant farmworkers. Intent upon rising above her haphazard life of violence and poverty, Clara struggles for independence while relying on four men to fashion her destiny: her father, a hardened laborer simmering with resentment; Lowry, who rescues the teenage Clara from her family and offers her a first glimpse of love; Revere, the wealthy married man who promises Clara stability; and Swan, Clara's son, who bears the burden of his mother's mistaken identity.

For this Modern Library 20th Century Rediscovery edition, Joyce Carol Oates has revised and rewritten three fourths of the novel, originally published in 1966, a feat comparable to Henry James's revisions of his early novels in 1908, when he was at the height of his artistic powers. With a new Afterword by the author, this is the definitive edition of an early masterpiece by one of our greatest living writers.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"If the phrase 'woman of letters' existed, she would be, foremost in this country, entitled to it." - John Updike


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Hardback Editions

April 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Garden of Earthly Delights
Author(s): J Oates
ISBN: 1-4176-7217-X / 978-1-4176-7217-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
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June 1970 : UK Hardback

Title: Garden of Earthly Delights
Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 0-575-00471-1 / 978-0-575-00471-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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May 1967 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Garden of Earthly Delights
Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 0-8149-0171-9 / 978-0-8149-0171-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vanguard Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Garden of Earthly Delights (20th Century Rediscoveries Series)
Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 0-8129-6834-4 / 978-0-8129-6834-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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June 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Garden Of Earthly Delights (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Joyce Oates
ISBN: 1-86049-483-8 / 978-1-86049-483-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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June 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: Garden of Earthly Delights
Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 0-449-22301-9 / 978-0-449-22301-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett Books
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March 1977 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Garden of Delights
Author(s): J Oates
ISBN: 0-449-23194-1 / 978-0-449-23194-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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March 1973 : UK Paperback
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Title: Garden of Earthly Delights
Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 0-586-03622-9 / 978-0-586-03622-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Garden of Earthly Delights (The Wonderland Quartet Book 1)
Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates, Elaine Showalter
Publisher: Modern Library
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