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Seventy-two is not just an age for author Joyce Carol Oates. It is nearly the number of books she has published in a literary career that spans more than 40 years.
Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published nearly 60 novels, plus several nonfiction titles and articles.
Oates, the valedictorian of her class at Syracuse University in 1960, won the National Book Award in 1969 for her novel “them.” Three of her novels, “Black Water” (1992), “What I Lived For” (1994), and “Blonde” (2000) have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Today she continues to churn out a prolific string of new works, as well as serving as a professor at Princeton,
One of the most prolific writers working today is John McPhee Princeton native. Since 1965 he has published dozens of books, including the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning geological history book “Annals of the Former World.” This year McPhee, 79, released “Silk Parachute,” a collection of his lighter essays.
After graduating from Princeton in 1953 he became a writer at Time before moving on to a career as a magazine writer and author. He has taught a nonfiction writing course at Princeton University so many years that many of his students are themselves now stars in the literary world.
At age 71, Albert Stark doesn’t just practice law, he sits atop the largest law firm in the region. Stark & Stark, based at 993 Lenox Drive, employs nearly 300.
A Trenton native, Stark built a firm specializing in accident and personal injury law that his father and uncle started in 1933. Last year, the firm reported almost $50 million in revenue.
Stark, a graduate of Dartmouth and Penn Law School, has just finished his third book, a self-published story of the lessons his career has taught him. And though he still practices law, Stark spends time doing volunteer work at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. He also is working on a plan to develop tennis courts at Cadwalader Park, his old Trenton stomping grounds, and a sport at which he excelled in high school.
Gerald Stockman might be best known for his defense of Princeton businessman Colin Carpi in a sensational 1974 murder trial that ended with the jury acquitting Carpi of the charge that he murdered his wife. But the soft-spoken Stockman, still a practicing attorney with the Hamilton-based Kalavruzos Mumola Hartman, has deep ties to social service organizations serving the underprivileged in the Trenton area.
A lifelong Trenton resident, Stockman graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1956 and from Villanova law school in 1959.
Stockman entered politics in 1977 as a state assemblyman and then spent the entire 1980s as a state senator. While maintaining his practice, Stockman, now 75, is an active member of New Jersey Policy Perspective