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Syracuse University History: A Reading List: Alumni Authors

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Campus Authors at the SU Libraries

The Syracuse University Libraries congratulates all of our staff, students, alumni, and faculty on their publications! This page is only a small sampling of titles authored by our campus community, and we are always looking to grow the collection and share the creative works and knowledge that our campus has fostered.

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Newhouse School of Public Communications

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

College of Law

College of Visual & Performing Arts

College of Engineering and Computer Science

School of Architecture

Julia Alvarez


Call Number: Grove PS3551.L854 H6 1984

ISBN: 9780394538556

Publication Date: 1984-06-01

Long before her award winning novel, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez was writing poetry that gave a distinctive voice to the Latina woman and helped give to American letters a vibrant new literary form. Wonderfully lucid and engaging, toned with deep emotionality and a wry observation of life, the poems of Julia Alvarez stand next to her fiction to both delight us and give us lessons in living and loving.

Once upon a Quinceanera

Call Number: GT2490 .A45 2007

ISBN: 9780670038732

Publication Date: 2007-08-02

The bestselling author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents explores the phenomenon of the Latina sweet 15 celebration. An enlightening and entertaining portrait of contemporary Latino culture, this title also takes a critical look at the social consequences of the quince parties.

Return to Sender

Call Number: PZ7.A48 Re 2009

ISBN: 9780375858383

Publication Date: 2009-01-13

After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences? In a novel full of hope, but no easy answers, Julia Alvarez weaves a beautiful and timely story that will stay with readers long after they finish it.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Call Number: PS3551.L845 H66 1991

ISBN: 0945575572

Publication Date: 1991-01-04

Julia Alvarez's beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters as they grow up in two cultures. The García sisters and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wondrous but not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways as the girls try find new lives: by straightening their hair and wearing American fashions, and by forgetting their Spanish. Here they tell their stories about being at home--and not at home--in America.

In the Name of Salomé

Call Number: PS3551.L845 I45 2000

ISBN: 1565122763

Publication Date: 2000-06-09

The story of a woman whose poetry inspired one Caribbean revolution and of her daughter whose dedication to teaching strengthened another. Camila Henriquez Urena is about to retire. Only now as she sorts through family papers does she begin to know the woman behind the legend of her mother, the revered Salome Urena, who died when Camila was three. Now, in 1960, Camila must choose a final destination for herself. Where will she spend the rest of her days? In the process of deciding her future, Camila uncovers the truth of her mother's tragic personal life and, finally, finds a place for her own passion and commitment.

The Other Side

Call Number: PS3551.L845 O84 1995

ISBN: 9780525939221

Publication Date: 1995-06-01

Saving the World

Call Number: PS3551.L845 S28 2006

ISBN: 9781565125100

Publication Date: 2006-04-07

Latina novelist Alma Huebner is suffering from writer's block and is years past the completion date for yet another of her bestselling family sagas. The truth is that Alma is seriously sidetracked by a story she has stumbled across. This resplendent novel-within-a-novel spins the disparate tales of two remarkable women, both of whom are swept along by machismo. In depicting their confrontation of the great scourges of their respective eras, Alvarez exposes the conflict between altruism and ambition.

The Woman I Kept to Myself

Call Number: PS3551.L845 W66 2004

ISBN: 9781565124066

Publication Date: 2004-01-04

75 Poems by Julia Alvarez. The works of this award-winning poet and novelist are rich with the language and influences of two cultures: those of the Dominican Republic of her childhood and the America of her youth and adulthood. They have shaped her writing just as they have shaped her life. In these seventy-five autobiographical poems, Alvarez's clear voice sings out in every line. Here, in the middle of her life, she looks back as a way of understanding and celebrating the woman she has become.

Something to Declare

Call Number: PS3551.L845 Z47 1998

ISBN: 1565121937

Publication Date: 1998-08-01

From Julia Alvarez comes a rich and revealing work of nonfiction capturing the life and mind of an artist as she knits together the dual themes of coming to America and becoming a writer. The twenty-four confessional, evocative essays that make up Something to Declare are divided into two parts. "Customs" includes Alvarez's memories of her family's life in the Dominican Republic. The second half, "Declarations," celebrates her passion for words and the writing life. 

Joyce Carol Oates

Beautiful Days

Call Number: PS3565.A8 A6 2018

ISBN: 9780062795786

Publication Date: 2018-02-06

A new collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning "Undocumented Alien" The diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explore the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance.

American Melancholy

Call Number: PS3565.A8 A6 2021

ISBN: 9780063035263

Publication Date: 2021-02-09

A new collection of poetry from an American literary legend, her first in twenty-five years Joyce Carol Oates is one of our most insightful observers of the human heart and mind, and, with her acute social consciousness, one of the most insistent and inspired witnesses of a shared American history. Loss, love, and memory are investigated, along with the upheavals of our modern age, the reality of our current predicaments, and the ravages of poverty, racism, and social unrest.

The Accursed

Call Number: PS3565.A8 A75 2013

ISBN: 9780062231703

Publication Date: 2013-03-05

An eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents.

Angel Fire

Call Number: PS3565.A8 A78

ISBN: 9780807102220

Publication Date: 1973-03-01

A collection of poems from acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates

The Assassins

Call Number: PS3565.A8 A88

ISBN: 9780814907672

Publication Date: 1975-01-01


Call Number: PS3565.A8 B44

ISBN: 0525063021

Publication Date: 1980-08-11

Black Dahlia and White Rose

Call Number: PS3565.A8 B45 2012

ISBN: 9780062195692

Publication Date: 2012-09-11

These stories, at once lyrical and unsettling, shine with the author's trademark fascination with finding the unpredictable amidst the prosaic--from her imaginative recreation of  friendship between two tragically doomed young women (Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Short), to the tale of an infidelity as deeply human as it is otherworldly. 

Black Girl/White Girl

Call Number: PS3565.A8 B46 2006

ISBN: 9780061125645

Publication Date: 2006-10-17

Black Girl / White Girl is a searing double portrait of "black" and "white," of race and civil rights in post-Vietnam America, captured by one of the most important literary voices of our time.

Black Water

Call Number: PS3565.A8 B47 1992

ISBN: 9780452269866

Publication Date: 1993-05-01

In the midst of a long summer on Grayling Island, Maine, twenty-six-year-old Kelly Kelleher longs for something interesting to happen to her--something that will make her finally feel some of what she imagines other people must feel when they watch the fireworks explode off the beach. So when Kelly meets The Senator at an exclusive party and he asks her to go back to a hotel room on the main island with him, she says yes. Black Water is a chilling meditation on power, trust, and violation and a timeless classic from one of America's foremost storytellers.


Call Number: PS3565.A8 B74 2021

ISBN: 9780063085473

Publication Date: 2021-08-03

Amid a starkly beautiful but uncanny landscape in New Mexico, a married couple from Cambridge, MA takes residency at a distinguished academic institute. Part intimately detailed love story, part horror story rooted in real life, BREATHE is an exploration of hauntedness rooted in the domesticity of marital love, as well as our determination both to be faithful to the beloved and to survive the trauma of loss.


Call Number: PS3565.A8 B368 2002

ISBN: 0786708964

Publication Date: 2001-12-19

A young woman tumbles into a nightmare of decadent desire and corrupted innocence in a superb novella of suspense from National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates. Art and arson, the poetry of D. H. Lawrence and pulp pornography, hero-worship and sexual debasement, totems and taboos mix and mutate into a startling, suspenseful tale of how a sunny New England college campus descends into a lurid nightmare. 

Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart

Call Number: PS3565.A8 B4318 1990

ISBN: 9780525248606

Publication Date: 1990-04-30


Call Number: PS3565.A8 C37 2014

ISBN: 9780062208125

Publication Date: 2014-01-21

A young girl's disappearance rocks a community and a family, in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war. Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover instead the unlikeliest of suspects. Dark and riveting, Carthage explores the human capacity for violence, love, and forgiveness, and asks if it's ever truly possible to come home again.        

The Collector of Hearts

Call Number: PS3565.A8 C64 1998

ISBN: 9780525944454

Publication Date: 1998-11-01

"It can appear in a dream state; it can breathe in familiar shadows; it can be unique or unbearably recognizable. What is it about the grotesque that fascinates, provokes, and fills us with a rising sense of dread? In these twenty-seven tales of the forbidden, Joyce Carol Oates explores the waking nightmares of life with eyes wide open, facing what the bravest of us fear the most. With eerie brilliance, this master of the short story reminds us just how seductive - and terrifying - they can be.

First love : a Gothic tale

Call Number: PS3565.A8 F57 1996

ISBN: 9780880014571

Publication Date: 1996-08-21

A Garden of Earthly Delights

Call Number: PS3565.A8 G3

ISBN: 0812968344

Publication Date: 2003-04-22

Joyce Carol Oates's Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. A Garden of Earthly Delights is the first novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, Expensive People, them, and Wonderland, are also available from the Modern Library.

The Gravedigger's Daughter

Call Number: PS3565.A8 G73 2007

ISBN: 9780061236822

Publication Date: 2007-05-29

In 1936 the Schwarts, an immigrant family desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settle in a small town in upstate New York, where the father, a former high school teacher, is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. After local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty result in unspeakable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca, begins her astonishing pilgrimage into America, an odyssey of erotic risk and imaginative daring, ingenious self-invention, and, in the end, a bittersweet--but very "American"--triumph.

Haunted : tales of the grotesque

Call Number: PS3565.A8 H38 1994

ISBN: 9780525936558

Publication Date: 1994-02-01

Haunted, a collection of sixteen tales that range from classic ghost stories to portrayals of chilling psychological terror, raises the genre to the level of fine literature - complex, multi-layered, and gripping fiction that is very scary indeed."  "The tales in this collection plunge the reader into nightmare worlds where violence slips in unexpectedly, where reality turns into a funhouse mirror, and where American culture goes awry in shocking, provocative ways."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Man Without a Shadow

Call Number: PS3565.A8 M36 2016

ISBN: 9780062416094

Publication Date: 2016-01-19

In this taut and fascinating novel, Oates examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives--love. In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets the attractive, charismatic Elihu Hoopes--the "man without a shadow"--whose devastated memory, unable to store new experiences or to retrieve the old, will make him the most famous and most studied amnesiac in history. The Man Without A Shadow is a unique story of forbidden love, a kind of secret, evolving marriage, depicted in Joyce Carol Oates's tight, impassioned prose. 

Pursuit : a novel of suspense

Call Number: PS3565.A8 P87 2019

ISBN: 9780802147912

Publication Date: 2019-10-01

As a child, Abby had the same recurring nightmare night after night. Now an adult, Abby thinks she's outgrown her demons, until, the evening before her wedding, the terrible dream returns and forces her to confront the dark secrets from her past she has kept from her new husband, Willem. The following day--less than 24 hours after exchanging vows--Abby steps out into traffic. With a suspenseful, alternating narrative that travels between the present and Abby's tortured childhood, The Pursuit is a meticulously crafted, deeply disquieting tale that showcases Oates's masterful storytelling.

Rape : a love story

Call Number: PS3565.A8 R37 2003

ISBN: 0786712945

Publication Date: 2003-12-14

At a relentless, compelling pace punctuated by lonely cries in the night and the whisper of terror in the afternoon, National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates unfolds the story of Teena and Bethie, their assailants, and their unexpected, silent champion, a man who knows the meaning of justice. And love.

The Seduction and Other Stories

Call Number: PS3565.A8 S4

ISBN: 9780876852293

Publication Date: 1976-01-01

The Tattooed Girl

Call Number: PS3565.A8 T3 2003

ISBN: 9780060531065

Publication Date: 2003-06-17

Joshua Seigl, a celebrated but reclusive author, is forced for reasons of failing health to surrender his much-prized bachelor's independence. Alma Busch, a sensuous, physically attractive young woman with bizarre tattoos covering much of her body, stirs in Seigl a complex of emotions. Unaware of her painful past and her troubled personality, Seigl hires her as his assistant. As the novel alternates between Seigl's and Alma's points of view, the naïve altruism of the one and the virulent anti-Semitism of the other clash in a tragedy of thwarted erotic desire. The Tattooed Girl may be her most controversial novel.


Call Number: PS3565.A8 T44 1996

ISBN: 9780865380851

Publication Date: 1996-10-01

A collection of fifty-seven poems written during the past eight years cover topics ranging from a glimpse into childhood, to a woman's memories of her teenage experiences with men, to reflections on the American obsession with money.

Conversations with Joyce Carol Oates

Call Number: PS3565.A8 Z465 1989

ISBN: 0878054111

Publication Date: 1989-10-01

These twenty-five interviews with Joyce Carol Oates from early in her career to the present are the first such collection to be published. In these conversations from sources as diverse as major news magazines and small scholarly journals, Oates candidly talks about her work, her concepts of literature, her methods of writing, and many other topics. Throughout this anthology, Oates discusses how her writing paints a modern panorama of American life. 

Joyce Carol Oates

Call Number: PS3565.A8 Z465 2006

ISBN: 9780865381186

Publication Date: 2006-10-01

In her acceptance speech for the National Book Award in 1970, Joyce Carol Oates remarked that 'language is all we have to pit against death and silence.' In this remarkable new collection of interviews spanning more than 35 years of Oates's career, she talks candidly and insightfully about literature, the writing life, her background, and many other topics. 

Stephen Dunn


Call Number: PS3554.U49 A6 2016

ISBN: 9780393254679

Publication Date: 2017-02-21

Incisively capturing the oddities of our logic and the whimsies of our reason, the poems in Whereas show there is always another side to a story. With graceful rhythm and equal parts humor and seriousness, Stephen Dunn considers the superstition and sophistry embedded in everyday life: household objects that seem to turn against us, the search for meaning in the barrage of daily news, the surprising confessions between neighbors across a row of hedges. 

Different Hours

Call Number: PS3554.U49 D54 2000

ISBN: 9780393049862

Publication Date: 2000-10-17

A wise and graceful new collection by one of our "major, indispensable poets" (Sidney Lea). The mysteries of Eros and Thanatos, the stubborn endurance of mind and body in the face of diminishment--these are the undercurrents of Stephen Dunn's eleventh volume. "I am interested in exploring the 'different' hours," he says, "not only of one's life, but also of the larger historical and philosophical life beyond the personal."

Here and Now

Call Number: PS3554.U49 H47 2011

ISBN: 9780393080216

Publication Date: 2011-06-06

Full of grace and masterful precision, the poems in Stephen Dunn's sixteenth book of poetry attest to the contradictions we live with in the here and now, both political and metaphysical, and the essential human comedy of getting through the day.

Insistence of Beauty

Call Number: PS3554.U49 I55 2004

ISBN: 9780393059557

Publication Date: 2004-09-17

The title poem, perhaps emblematic of the book as a whole, is evocative of beauty's often surprising manifestations--even in the light of tragedy--as on that terrible day "when those silver planes came out of the perfect blue." Fortunately, it is never too late to search for the right words for what we've seen, felt, endured. With quiet authority Dunn enacts what it feels like to be a particular man at a particular juncture of his life--struggling not to deny, but to name, then rename.

Local Time

Call Number: PS3554.U49 L58 1986

ISBN: 9780688062965

Publication Date: 1986-03-01


Call Number: PS3554.U49 L65 1996

ISBN: 9780393039825

Publication Date: 1996-09-17

In this tenth collection, Stephen Dunn turns his "wise, well-practiced eye" (Library Journal) on an America growing ever more stringent with its daily mercies. Not content merely to observe the world, Dunn's stance is always dual, complicit. And as he navigates through each paradox of his moral and aesthetic and erotic selves, this poet, described by Sydney Lea as one "who remains open to contradictions," travels to a place of exact and complicated vision.

Walking Light

Call Number: PS3554.U49 W34 2001

ISBN: 9781929918003

Publication Date: 2001-04-01

Committed to exploring the role of poetry and poets in our culture, Dunn provides new, expanded versions of the essays originally published by W. W. Norton in 1993. In Walking Light, Dunn discusses the relationship between art and sport, the role of imagination in writing poetry, and the necessity for surprise and discovery when writing a poem. Humorous, intelligent and accessible, Walking Light is a book that will appeal to writers, readers, and teachers of poetry. 

What Goes On

Call Number: PS3554.U49 W47 2009

ISBN: 9780393067750

Publication Date: 2009-01-05

"Good poems are triumphs over the unlikely," Stephen Dunn says. "They make us pay attention in new ways." In his second new and selected collection, Dunn subtly enlarges our sense of possibility. His new poems, suffused with affection and rue for our world, occasionally address the metaphysical.

Stephen Crane

The bride comes to Yellow Sky

Call Number: PN6120.A51 C76 1970

ISBN: 978877724886

Publications Date: 1970


Complete novels

Call Number:PS1449.C85 A15

Publication Date: 1967

The Western Writings of Stephen Crane

Call Number:PS1449.C85 A15 1979

ISBN: 9780451511898

Publication Date: 1979-02-06

The Complete Poems of Stephen Crane

Call Number: PS1449.C85 A17 1972

ISBN: 9780801491306

Publication Date: 1972-06-01


Call Number:PS1449.C85 M33

ISBN: 9780393012224

Publication Date: 1980-01-01

The red badge of courage : an authoritative text backgrounds and sources criticism

Call Number:PS1449.C85 R3 2008

ISBN: 9780393930757

Publication Date: 2007-12-18

The Sullivan County sketches of Stephen Crane

Call Number:PS1449.C85 S9 1949

Publication Date: 1949

The war dispatches of Stephen Crane

Call Number: PS1449.C85 Z5

ISBN: 9780720600810

Publication Date: 1964

School of Education

Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

College of Art and Sciences

School of Information Studies