Richard Yates Up Close : The Writer And His Works


Richard Yates Up Close : The Writer And His Works



By Martin Naparsteck, for College at Brockport faculty member.

Richard Yates has been referred to as American's least known great writer. Today Yates is known primarily for the novel Revolutionary Road, considered by many critics as the greatest American novel of the second half of the twentieth century. This critical study examines the life and work of Yates by placing his body of work in both cultural and personal context. Topics covered include the writing of his major novels, homosexuality, his role as a critic, and his relationship with Hollywood. This text divulges new details about his life and offers a thorough analysis of unpublished materials from the Richard Yates archives at Boston University.



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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2012.

x, 193 pages ; 23 cm.


Literature in English, North America




Located in Drake Library at: PS3575.A83 Z75 2012

CONTENTS: Introduction: Appreciating Richard Yates -- The autobiographical nature of Yates's fiction : Order of occurrence ; Richard Yates : a nonfiction biography -- The inevitability of unhappiness: Revolutionary Road : Yates and Hollywood -- The lies of Richard Yates: Eleven kinds of loneliness -- War interrupted: a special providence : Rethinking a near classic -- The depths of transition: disturbing the peace : At the crossroads with Dick Yates -- The possibilities of redemption: The Easter parade : Yates and homosexuality -- Static and memory: a good school : The perfect game -- Cruelty and optimism: Liars in love -- The artist ages: Young hearts crying : The critic -- Hope for the youngest: Cold Spring Harbor : Uncertain times -- The collected stories : The uncollected stories-- Rethinking Richard Yates -- Appendix 1. Lie down in darkness - Appendix 2. Alternative years -- Appendix 3. "The world on fire."

Richard Yates Up Close : The Writer And His Works