Richard Yates was born in 1926 in Yonkers, New York. After serving in the US Army during the Second World War, he worked as a publicity writer for the Remington Rand Corporation, and for a brief period in the sixties as a speech writer for Senator Robert Kennedy. His prize-winning stories first appeared in 1953 and his first novel, Revolutionary Road, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961.He is the author of eight other works, including the novels A Good School, The Easter Parade and Disturbing the Peace, and two collections of short stories, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love. Richard Yates was twice divorced and the father of three daughters. He died in 1992.
One of Lionel Shriver's favourite books. 'It's the complexity of the author's relationship to his characters - a complexity readers share - that most distinguishes Richard Yates as a fiction writer. He combines a searing, sometimes brutal clear-sightedness with an equally devastating sympathy.' You can read Lionel Shriver's full Introduction to Revolutionary Road in this Orange Inheritance edition published by Vintage.