By Blake Bailey
The first biography of acclaimed American novelist and tale author Richard Yates
Celebrated in his leading, forgotten in his ultimate years, merely 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 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 worried boys and squaddies, Yates's the USA was once a landscape of excessive dwelling, self-doubt and self-deception. And within the culture of different nice life like 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 lifestyles used to be a hornets' nest of early life ghosts, the horrors of battle, funds woes, and ebullient cocktailed evenings in big apple, 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 half the 20 th century. repute and present through heartbreak and obscurity, Richard Yates right here stands for what the author needs to sacrifice for his craft, the devil's discount of artistry for happiness, compliment for sanity.
National publication Critics Circle Award Nominee for Biography (2003)
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Other exhibitions where I was involved, I was not alone. I was asked to participate in an exhibition in Turin, in Italy, but I didn’t feel safe posting my artwork all the way abroad, so I didn’t participate in that. JR: Maybe in the future he will get another offer – I hope so. Maybe in Paris, or London. And then I hope he will accept!
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A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey