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"...Blake Bailey's great, perceptive, heartbreaking Yates biography is a landmark event. At this late is a terrifically moving one as well." Janet Maslin, NYT

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"A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates" by Blake Bailey


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An Ultimate Sad Sack, Hopelessly Indefatigable, Janet Maslin's review in The New York Times, 6/26/03.

Working Wounded, Michael Lowenthal's review in the Washington Post 6/29/03

Thoughts on Yates, by Stewart O'Nan [with an exerpt from A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates], in The Journal News 6/29/03.

Life of 'finest forgotten novelist' a Tragic Reality, Roger Miller's review in the Sun-Sentinal, 6/29/03.

From Hard Living, Memorable Writing, Jeffrey Burke's review in The Wall Street Journal, 7/3/03.

A Dark Talent Through a Troubled Life, Richard Yates Kept Faith With His Melancholy Muse, Dewitt Henry's review in The Boston Globe, Sunday, 7/13/03.

Portrait of the Artist as Inspiration, Friend, Dan Wakefield's essay in The Boston Globe, Sunday, 7/13/03.

A Splendid Biography of 'America's finest forgotten author', Kevin Rabalais's New Orleans Times-Picayune, 7/13/03.

Inspired by his Own Limitations, Stephen Thompson's review in the Tampa Tribune, 7/20/03.

Bad Behavior, Tom Beer's Newsday review, 7/20/03.

A Case for the Literary Life, Carl Rollyson's New York Sun Review, 7/23/03.

Gruesome Life Laudably Indexed for Posterity, Brenjamin Anastas's New York Observer review, 7/23/03.

Wrestling Match with Meloncholy, John Freemn's review in the San Francisco Chronicle, 7/27/03.

Editor's Choice, Jeff Simon reviews bios of Yates and Patricia Highsmith in The Buffalo News, 7/27/03.

A Tragic Honesty: Waiting for a Break that Never Came, John Sutherland's NYTBR review, August 3, 2003.

Writer's Pain, His Genius Remembered, by Carol Sklenicka in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, August 2, 2003.




"Blake Bailey has written not merely a splendid biography of Yates--one that makes a compelling case for his subject's greatness and explains why he has been neglected--but one of the most moving andengrossing literary biographies of our times." Carl Rollyson, New York Sun.