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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Review: A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard YatesUser Review - Ryan Williams - Goodreads
For me, this was always going to be a match made in heaven. I read and re-read Bailey's biography of John Cheever, and thought Yates wrote one of 20th Century America's best novels in Revolutionary ... Read full review
Review: A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard YatesUser Review - Holly - Goodreads
Richard Yates is not widely read, but his ability to portray the little tragedies of our lives is devastating. After reading several of his novels, I wanted to learn more about the man. Yates was from ... Read full review