By Blake Bailey
The first biography of acclaimed American novelist and tale author Richard Yates
Celebrated in his best, forgotten in his ultimate years, basically to be championed anew by way of our best modern authors, Richard Yates has continuously uncovered readers to the unsettling hypocrisies of our sleek age. vintage novels such as innovative Road and The Easter Parade are incomparable chronicles of the quiet and not-so-quiet desperation of the yank middle-class. Lonely housewives, addled businessmen, determined career-girls and nervous boys and squaddies, Yates's the USA was once a landscape of excessive dwelling, self-doubt and self-deception. And within the culture of alternative nice sensible writers of his time (Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Cheever and Updike), Yates's fictional global reflected his personal. A manic-depressive alcoholic and unapologetic gentleman, his lifestyles was once a hornets' nest of adolescence ghosts, the horrors of battle, cash woes, and ebullient cocktailed evenings in manhattan, Hollywood, and the Riviera.
A Tragic Honesty is a masterful evocation of a guy who in lots of methods embodied the struggles of the good American author within the latter 1/2 the 20 th century. repute and gift via heartbreak and obscurity, Richard Yates the following stands for what the author needs to sacrifice for his craft, the devil's cut price of artistry for happiness, compliment for sanity.
National booklet Critics Circle Award Nominee for Biography (2003)
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A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey