A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates
Celebrated in his prime, forgotten in his final years, only to be championed anew by our greatest contemporary authors, Richard Yates has always exposed readers to the unsettling hypocrisies of our modern age. In Blake Bailey's masterful and entertaining biography, Yates himself serves as the fascinating lens into mid-century America, a world of would-be artists, depressed housewives, addled businessmen, high living, wistful striving, and self-deception. The story of Richard Yates here stands as a singular reminder of what the writer must sacrifice for his craft, the devil's bargain of artistry for happiness, praise for sanity.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kerns222 - LibraryThing
Bailey is a most precise, detailed biographer --a match for Yates' care and craft. With Cheever (Bailey's other biography), Bailey had the extensive near lifelong journals; with Yates he relates the ... Read full review
A tragic honesty: the life and work of Richard YatesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
British critic Paul Connolly once called Richard Yates "America's finest forgotten author," and Norman Podheretz referred to him as our most "unfairly neglected author." Best-remembered for his ... Read full review