A tragic honesty : the life and work of Richard Yates / Blake Bailey.

by Bailey, Blake, 1963-Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Methuen, 2006.Description: xii, 671 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780413774330; 0413774333.Subject(s): Yates, Richard, 1926-1992Looking glass | Authors, American -- 20th century -- BiographyLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 615-650) and index.
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Tragically ignored during his lifetime, Richard Yates was the great nearly man of American letters, despite producing some of the most bewitching fiction of the late 20th century, and inspiring writers like Richard Ford, Andre Dubus, and Richard Russo. Born in 1926, his youth was an hysterical odyssey through depression era America with an unstable mother who would become the basis for several of his most memorable characters. His adult life was scarred by alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and bitterness at his lack of public recognition. Yates always teetered on the edge of some fresh calamity: he chain-smoked through bouts of tuberculosis and emphysema, even when permanently chained to oxygen cylinders, and burned down his own apartment at least once. However, the chaos of Richard Yates' personal life fed directly into his unflinching portraits of American middle-class desperation, leading him to write Revolutionary Road, and his extraordinary short fiction.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 615-650) and index.