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

By Blake Bailey

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

Celebrated in his top, forgotten in his ultimate years, basically to be championed anew via our best modern authors, Richard Yates has continually uncovered readers to the unsettling hypocrisies of our glossy age. vintage novels such as innovative 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 anxious boys and infantrymen, Yates's the US used to be a landscape of excessive residing, self-doubt and self-deception. And within the culture of different nice sensible 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 used to be a hornets' nest of early life ghosts, the horrors of conflict, funds woes, and ebullient cocktailed evenings in manhattan, Hollywood, and the Riviera.

A Tragic Honesty is a masterful evocation of a guy who in lots of methods embodied the struggles of the good American author within the latter 1/2 the 20th century. popularity 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 discount of artistry for happiness, compliment for sanity.

National publication Critics Circle Award Nominee for Biography (2003)

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15 In 1892, Edward Eggleston, author of the novel. The Hoosier Schoolmaster, said, "Blessed be the humble teacher who, without any chance for the great rewards of fame or money, renderss noble service and leaves the impress of a genuine and generous character in one little corner of the world. No cyclopedia or dictionary of notables ever mentions that wonderful old Pennsylvania Dutchman, Christopher Dock. But, in the obscurity of the Pennsylvania back country in the last century, he did some of the noblest and most enlightened teaching the world has ever seen.

For obvious and practical reasons, these fugitives did not keep records. There yet remains the genealogical approach to the solution of Dock's place of origin. Extensive attempts to locate his birthplace have been made by the author. Genealogists and libraries have been contacted both in America and in Europe. Numerous registers and published lists have been examined and all either contain no Docks whatsoever, or else list them as coming to America after Christopher Dock was already teaching and living in the Skippack area.

Stahl, in an unpublished paper entitled "Christopher Dock in the Pedagogical World" prepared for a postgraduate course at the University of Michigan in 1966, also mentions this likelihood. See Chapter 12 for a fuller discussion of the origins of Dock's educational thought. 14. John O. ), has described and evaluated briefly the contribution of Wesley to the educational scene of his day and since. 15. Freeman Butts and Lawrence A. Cremin, A History of Education in American Culture (New York: Holt, 1953), pp.

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