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

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I thought Richard Yates's novels were depressing and gut-wrenching enough, but the story of his life is more so. I fell in love with Richard Yates's writing when I read Revolutionary Road. I proclaimed him my favorite author when I continued on to his other novels. Reading the story of his proud, stubborn, brilliant man made me love him and his commitment to his art even more. Blake Bailey engaged me as a reader the way most biographers can't. Yates came to life and I watched the horror show of his life. Definitely, if you're interested in learning more about the life of this great author, pick up this excellent biography.

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Like Safe Area Gorazde, hard to read and worth reading*.

I haven't read heaps of biographies, but of the ones I have read, this is far and away one of the best.

*Also: two moments where I snorted while laughing.