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In Richard Yates Professors David Castronovo and Steven Goldleaf present the first full-length critical treatment of this significant and neglected figure in American realism. Arguing that "raw naturalism and subtle craftsmanship - seemingly incompatible qualities join to make Yates one of the most accomplished writers of the post-World War II period," the authors provide a comprehensive survey of Yates's life and work. An introductory chapter outlines the historical, literary, and social contexts important to ...
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Overview

In Richard Yates Professors David Castronovo and Steven Goldleaf present the first full-length critical treatment of this significant and neglected figure in American realism. Arguing that "raw naturalism and subtle craftsmanship - seemingly incompatible qualities join to make Yates one of the most accomplished writers of the post-World War II period," the authors provide a comprehensive survey of Yates's life and work. An introductory chapter outlines the historical, literary, and social contexts important to Yates's writings, comparing him, for example, with his contemporaries Philip Roth and Mary McCarthy and articulating strong lines of continuity between his themes and the ideas of the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville, the Marxist-oriented socialist C. Wright Mills, and the social theoretician Erving Goffman. Next comes a thorough biographical portrait that illuminates Yates's obsession with the American middle class and its dislocated, disordered, and psychologically stifled populace, followed by sharp readings of the novels and story collections, including unfinished and minor works. Yates is placed in a long tradition that assesses the loneliness inherent in a democratic society. Written in clear, jargon-free prose, Richard Yates provides an excellent supplement for high school, college, and graduate courses in American realism, the history of the novel, and other areas of literature.
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Acknowledgments
Chronology
Ch. 1 Richard Yates, An American Realist (1926- 1992) 1
Ch. 2 The Life of Richard Yates 20
Ch. 3 Revolutionary Road and the Great Expectations of the 1950s 36
Ch. 4 Limitations and Losses: Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, Disturbing the Peace, A Good School 57
Ch. 5 Liars in Love and the Lowered Expectations of the 1970s 88
Ch. 6 Chronicling and Confessing: A Special Providence, The Easter Parade, Young Hearts Cling, Cold Spring Harbor 119
Ch. 7 Eleven Books of Loneliness: Unfinished and Minor Works 145
Notes and References 151
Selected Bibliography 156
Index 159
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