A Tragic Honesty

A Tragic Honesty

Author: Blake Bailey

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 0312287216

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 656

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The first biography of acclaimed American novelist and story writer 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. Classic novels such as Revolutionary Road and The Easter Parade are incomparable chronicles of the quiet and not-so-quiet desperation of the American middle-class. Lonely housewives, addled businessmen, desperate career-girls and fearful boys and soldiers, Yates’s America was a panorama of high living, self-doubt and self-deception. And in the tradition of other great realistic writers of his time (Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Cheever and Updike), Yates’s fictional world mirrored his own. A manic-depressive alcoholic and unapologetic gentleman, his life was a hornets’ nest of childhood ghosts, the horrors of war, money woes, and ebullient cocktailed evenings in New York, Hollywood, and the Riviera. A Tragic Honesty is a masterful evocation of a man who in many ways embodied the struggles of the Great American Writer in the latter half of the twentieth century. Fame and reward followed by heartbreak and obscurity, Richard Yates here stands for what the writer must sacrifice for his craft, the devil’s bargain of artistry for happiness, praise for sanity.
David Milch
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Jason Jacobs
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-17 - Publisher: Manchester University Press

This book is about the life and work of David Milch, the writer who created NYPD Blue, Deadwood and a number of other important US television dramas. It provides a detailed account of Milch’s journey from academia to the heights of the television industry, locating him within the traditions of
A Tragic Honesty
Language: en
Pages: 656
Authors: Blake Bailey
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-07-01 - Publisher: Picador

The first biography of acclaimed American novelist and story writer 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. Classic novels such as Revolutionary
Richard Yates Up Close
Language: en
Pages: 203
Authors: Martin Naparsteck
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-12-22 - Publisher: McFarland

Richard Yates has been referred to as America’s least known great writer. Today Yates is known primarily for the novel Revolutionary Road, considered by many critics as the greatest American novel of the second half of the twentieth century. This critical study examines the life and work of Yates by
American Biography
Language: en
Pages: 302
Authors: Carl Rollyson
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-02-22 - Publisher: iUniverse

This collection of reviews, selected from Rollyson's New York Sun column, is as much about the romance of biography as it is about the American lives. Certain concerns resonate throughout the book: the American left's failure to reckon with Communist subversion, McCarthyism, and Stalinism, the problematic nature of authorized biography,
Dismembering the American Dream
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Kate Charlton-Jones
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-08-30 - Publisher: University of Alabama Press

"A detailed study of Yates's novels and stories"-- Provided by publisher.