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A tragic honesty : the life and work of Richard Yates

Author: Blake Bailey
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Yates's life was a tragicomic disaster. The favorite child of an unstable, impecunious mother, Yates described his youth as a "hysterical odyssey" through Depression-era America and beyond, from Westchester to Paris to Greenwich Village and back again, hounded by creditors every step of the way. Such an ordeal was the goad that made Yates determined to reveal the truth, no matter how bleak, that people like his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Richard Yates; Richard Yates
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Blake Bailey
ISBN: 0312287216 9780312287214 9780312423759 0312423756
OCLC Number: 51040212
Description: xii, 671 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1 The Caliche Road: 1926-1939 7 --
Chapter 2 A Good School: 1939-1944 37 --
Chapter 3 The Canal: 1944-1947 75 --
Chapter 4 Liars in Love: 1947-1951 96 --
Chapter 5 The Getaway: 1951-1953 118 --
Chapter 6 A Cry of Prisoners: 1953-1959 159 --
Chapter 7 A Glutton for Punishment: 1959-1961 195 --
Chapter 8 The World on Fire: 1961-1962 238 --
Chapter 9 Uncertain Times: 1962-1964 286 --
Chapter 10 A New Yorker Discovers the Middle West: 1964-1966 321 --
Chapter 11 A Natural Girl: 1966-1968 364 --
Chapter 12 A Special Providence: 1968-1969 382 --
Chapter 13 Fun with a Stranger: 1970-1974 401 --
Chapter 14 Disturbing the Peace: 1974-1976 433 --
Chapter 15 Out with the Old: 1976-1978 463 --
Chapter 16 Young Hearts Crying: 1979-1984 492 --
Chapter 17 No Pain Whatsoever: 1985-1988 542 --
Chapter 18 A Cheer for Realized Men: 1988-1992 560.
Responsibility: Blake Bailey.
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"Yates's life was a tragicomic disaster. The favorite child of an unstable, impecunious mother, Yates described his youth as a "hysterical odyssey" through Depression-era America and beyond, from Westchester to Paris to Greenwich Village and back again, hounded by creditors every step of the way. Such an ordeal was the goad that made Yates determined to reveal the truth, no matter how bleak, that people like his mother tend to bury beneath layers of every delusion. "The most important thing," he liked to say, "is not to tell or live a lie."" "What emerges from these pages is a man of fascinating contradictions. A "gentlemen of the old school" who was rarely seen in public without a Brooks Brothers suit and foulard tie, Yates could be a man of consummate integrity and charm. But his better self was constantly sabotaged by alcohol and mental illness, and even at the best of times - a prestigious stint in Hollywood, say, or as Robert Kennedy's speechwriter - some fresh calamity was always in the offing." "A Tragic Honesty is an evocation of a man who in many ways embodied the struggles of the Great American Writer in the latter half of the twentieth century. 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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