Joyce Carol Oates is the National Book Award-winning author of over 50 novels, including bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, and The Gravedigger's Daughter. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.

At the annual benefit for the Norman Mailer Center, the acclaimed writer Joyce Carol Oates received a lifetime achievement award for her fiction. Her remarks about Norman Mailer and what he represented as a transgressive, rebellious, sympathetic writer who wrote exactly what he wanted are reprinted here. Joyce Carol Oates’s latest book is ‘Black Dahlia & White Rose.’