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A Tragic Honesty The Life and Work of Richard Yates (Paperback)

Author:  Blake Bailey
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312423756
ISBN-13: 9780312423759
Sku: 36279909
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  671
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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.
From the Publisher:
An incisive portrait of celebrated American novelist and short short writer Richard Yates describes his turbulent personal life, his struggle with alcoholism and manic depression, his financial woes, and his remarkable literary works--including The Easter Parade and Revolutionary Road--chronicling the desperation of the American middle class. Reprint.
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This biography of Richard Yates emphasizes his dysfunctional childhood, subsequent alcoholism, and lifelong ill-health, but it also appreciates his work for its unflinching honesty and sharp observations of middle-class American life.

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New York Times
"[T]he arrival of Blake Bailey's great, perceptive, heartbreaking Yates biography is a landmark event. At this late date (Yates died in 1992), it is a terrifically moving one as well. A TRAGIC HONESTY, marred only by its drab title, is wrenching not just for the sheer Sisyphean torment of Yates's experience but also for the miracle of his artistic tenacity in the face of unimaginable odds....Mr. Bailey chooses a warts-and-more-warts version. He justifies his approach with astute and admiring criticism of Yates's accomplishments, not to mention the validation of everyone Yates knew....By balking at [nothing], Mr. Bailey winds up underscoring the sheer victory of Yates's determination to write, no matter what." - Janet Maslin 06/27/2003

New York Times Book Review
"For admirers of Richard Yates...Bailey's biography will be indispensable. Excellent in itself, it records, with photographic accuracy, where Yates's obsessively autobiographical fiction originated. And how good is that fiction? Wonderful." - John Sutherland 08/03/2003

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0671
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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