Blake Bailey - Author

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Blake Bailey is the author of the highly acclaimed biography of Richard Yates, A Tragic Honesty, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the editor of John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings.

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Cheever

Cheever

Author: Blake Bailey Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/12/2015

John Cheever was one of the foremost chroniclers of post-war America, a peerless writer who on his death in 1982 left some of the best short stories of the twentieth century, a number of highly acclaimed novels, and a private journal that runs to an astonishing four million words. Cheever was a soul in conflict who hid his contradictions - alcoholism, secret bisexuality - behind the screen of genial family life in suburbia. In this luminous, definitive work, one of the most gifted biographers of his generation reveals the troubled but strangely lovable man behind these disguises, a creator of timeless fiction. `An instant classic' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year `Lively, funny, informative, astute, masterly. It's impossible to imagine how anyone could have done a better job' Blake Morrison, Guardian `The highlight of my reading year' Observer `I simply can't imagine a better literary biography than this one' Spectator

The Splendid Things We Planned A Family Portrait

The Splendid Things We Planned A Family Portrait

Author: Blake Bailey Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/02/2015

Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion's Citizen of the Year in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a fetching young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Scott, who repeatedly crashes the family Porsche; and Blake, the younger son, trying to find a way through the storm. You're gonna be just like me, a drunken Scott taunts him. You're gonna be worse. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Blake Bailey has been hailed as addictively readable (New York Times) and praised for his ability to capture lives compellingly and in harrowing detail (Time). The Splendid Things We Planned is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.

The Splendid Things We Planned A Family Portrait

The Splendid Things We Planned A Family Portrait

Author: Blake Bailey Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2014

Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion's Citizen of the Year in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a pretty young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Scott, who repeatedly crashes the family Porsche; and Blake, the younger son, trying to find a way through the storm. You're gonna be just like me, a drunken Scott taunts him. You're gonna be worse. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Blake Bailey has been hailed as addictively readable (New York Times) and praised for his ability to capture lives compellingly and in harrowing detail (Time). The Splendid Things We Planned is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.

Splendid Things We Planned

Splendid Things We Planned

Author: Blake Bailey Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2014

The renowned biographer's unforgettable portrait of a family in ruins-his own Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion's "e;Citizen of the Year"e; in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a fetching young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Scott, who repeatedly crashes the family Porsche; and Blake, the younger son, trying to find a way through the storm. "e;You're gonna be just like me,"e; a drunken Scott taunts him. "e;You're gonna be worse."e; Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Blake Bailey has been hailed as "e;addictively readable"e; (New York Times) and praised for his ability to capture lives "e;compellingly and in harrowing detail"e; (Time). The Splendid Things We Planned is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.

Cheever

Cheever

Author: Blake Bailey Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2009

This luminous biography reveals, for the first time, the full and unforgettable life of a writer of timeless fiction. Drawing on unprecedented access to essential sources, Blake Bailey shows us a soul in conflict: a high-school dropout who published his first story at eighteen; a proud Yankee who flaunted his lineage while deploring the provincialism of his Quincy, Massachusetts, family circle; a pioneer of suburban-realist fiction who continually pushed the boundaries of realism; a dire alcoholic who recovered to write the great novel Falconer; a secret bisexual who struggled with a revolving door of self-loathing and hedonism. Concealing his anxieties behind the mask of the genial Westchester squire, Cheever earned fame and glamorous company with his groundbreaking work, yet the joy of creation could never wholly offset his desperate loneliness.

A Tragic Honesty The Life and Work of Richard Yates

A Tragic Honesty The Life and Work of Richard Yates

Author: Blake Bailey Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/01/2006

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 twentieth 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 , the novel that made his reputation, The Easter Parade , and his extraordinary short fiction. Blake Bailey's absorbing biography is the story of an unlikely triumph salvaged from the wreckage of an unruly life.

Edge of the Cave

Edge of the Cave

Author: Blake Bailey, Stephen Krebbs Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2001

Edge of the Cave

Edge of the Cave

Author: Blake Bailey, Stephen Krebbs Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2001

Zapatista

Zapatista

Author: Blake Bailey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2000

Zapatista

Zapatista

Author: Blake Bailey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2000

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