Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American novelist known for being nearly as prolific as contemporary novelist Stephen King.
She teaches in the English department at Princeton University.
Oates has written several books, mostly mystery novels, under the pen name Rosamond Smith.
Many feel Oates' most famous work is her short story entitled Where Are you Going, Where Have You Been?, which was the basis for a movie, Smooth Talk, starring Laura Dern. It tells the tale of a young woman whose desire to "grow up" has her falling under the spell of a man whose intentions are decidedly unclear. It has been reprinted in numerous collections and is mysteriously dedicated to singer Bob Dylan.