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By Blake Bailey

The first biography of acclaimed American novelist and tale author Richard Yates

Celebrated in his top, forgotten in his ultimate years, in simple terms to be championed anew by way of our best modern authors, Richard Yates has regularly uncovered readers to the unsettling hypocrisies of our sleek age. vintage novels such as progressive Road and The Easter Parade are incomparable chronicles of the quiet and not-so-quiet desperation of the yankee middle-class. Lonely housewives, addled businessmen, determined career-girls and frightened boys and infantrymen, Yates's the USA used to be a landscape of excessive dwelling, self-doubt and self-deception. And within the culture of different nice practical writers of his time (Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Cheever and Updike), Yates's fictional international reflected his personal. A manic-depressive alcoholic and unapologetic gentleman, his existence was once a hornets' nest of youth ghosts, the horrors of conflict, funds woes, and ebullient cocktailed evenings in long island, Hollywood, and the Riviera.

A Tragic Honesty is a masterful evocation of a guy who in lots of methods embodied the struggles of the nice American author within the latter 1/2 the 20th century. status and present by means of heartbreak and obscurity, Richard Yates right here stands for what the author needs to sacrifice for his craft, the devil's cut price of artistry for happiness, compliment for sanity.

Awards
National e-book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Biography (2003)

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33 MARIEKE HARDY I once held a passionate discourse with a feline-eyed slice of wonderful via email. Outside of a brief and not unexciting handholding session in a country carpark, that was about as far as our romance progressed. Everything else was charted in breathless late-night paragraphs, pressing ‘send’ and then waiting agonising hours for a response. I didn’t have a mobile phone back then so we didn’t text. He was in a relationship so I wasn’t able to write postcards. Had I not printed out our correspondence in a tearful burst of sentimentality it all would have disappeared in the great hard-drive crash of 2004 and I would only have ever recalled his prose in vague fragments.

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