Joyce Carol Oates: ‘It was like a strange planet'
Novelist Joyce Carol Oates talks about how she struggled to write her memoir A Widow’s Story which deals with her first few months as a widow. Oates lost her husband of forty-six years, Raymond Smith, suddenly in 2008. He was diagnosed with pneumonia in Princeton Medical Center but in less than a week he died from a hospital-acquired infection. Speaking to Front Row’s Mark Lawson, Oates questions whether writing about a traumatic experience is cathartic.
Available since: Wed 29 Aug 2012
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Sheridan Smith in Mrs Biggs, novelist Joyce Carol Oates, and poetry from the rooftop.
First broadcast: 28 Aug 2012
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