A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates

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Macmillan, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 pages
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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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User 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 Yates

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Overly detailed biography of the critically esteemed author limns every up and down in his self-destructive life.Mind you, there's no way to write about Richard Yates (1926-92) without spending a lot ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue i
3
19391944
37
19441947
75
19471951
96
19511953
118
19531959
159
19591961
195
19611962
238
19681969
382
19701974
401
19741976
433
19761978
463
19791984
492
19851988
542
19881992
560
Epilogue
605

19621964
286
CHAPTER TEN A New Yorker Discovers
321
19661968
364

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About the author (2004)

Blake Bailey has written for a number of magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. He lives with his wife in northern Florida.

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