Richard Yates Up Close: The Writer and His Works

Richard Yates Up Close: The Writer and His Works

by Martin Naparsteck

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ISBN-13: 9780786460595
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Pages: 203
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Martin Naparsteck has published two novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of writing advice. He writes fulltime and lives in Rochester, New York.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction: Appreciating Richard Yates 5



1. The Autobiographical Nature of Yates’s Fiction 15

ORDER OF OCCURRENCE 24

RICHARD YATES: A NONFICTION BIOGRAPHY 25

2. The Inevitability of Unhappiness: Revolutionary Road 30

YATES AND HOLLYWOOD 39

3. The Lies of Richard Yates: Eleven Kinds of Loneliness 51

4. War Interrupted: A Special Providence 62

RETHINKING A NEAR CLASSIC 74

5. The Depths of Transition: Disturbing the Peace 80

AT THE CROSSROADS WITH DICK YATES 86

6. The Possibilities of Redemption: The Easter Parade 95

YATES AND HOMOSEXUALITY 103

7. Static and Memory: A Good School 106

THE PERFECT GAME 112

8. Cruelty and Optimism: Liars in Love 116

9. The Artist Ages: Young Hearts Crying 128

THE CRITIC 134

10. Hope for the Youngest: Cold Spring Harbor 138

UNCERTAIN TIMES 144

11. The Collected Stories 152

THE UNCOLLECTED STORIES 159

12. Rethinking Richard Yates 163



Appendix 1: Lie Down in Darkness 167

Appendix 2: Alternative Yates 169

Appendix 3: “The World on Fire” 173

Chapter Notes 175

Bibliography 185

Index 191

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