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Publisher Comments:

A literary event of the highest order, The Collected Stories of Richard Yates brings together Yates's peerless short fiction in a single volume for the first time.

Richard Yates was acclaimed as one of the most powerful, compassionate, and technically accomplished writers of America's postwar generation, and his work has inspired such diverse talents as Richard Ford, Ann Beattie, André Dubus, Robert Stone, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. This collection, as powerful as Yate's beloved Revolutionary Road, contains the stories of his classic works Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (a book The New York Times Book Review hailed as "the New York equivalent of Dubliners") and Liars in Love; it also features nine new stories, seven of which have never been published.

Whether addressing the smothered desire of suburban housewives, the white-collar despair of Manhattan office workers, the grim humor that atts life on a tuberculosis ward, or the moments of terrified peace experienced by American soldiers in World War II, Yates examines every frayed corner of the American dream. His stories, as empathetic as they are unforgiving, are like no others in our nation's literature. Published with a moving introduction by the novelist Richard Russo, this collection will stand as its author's final masterpiece.

Review:

"...Yates is a gifted storyteller....Pitch-perfect in their gloomy detachment, these stories about the fractured relationships of lovers, friends, parents and children, and husbands and wives ring all too true. Yates's powerful dialogue and narrative make it entirely clear that no matter what, people are going to be only as happy as they have already made up their minds to be." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Yates's focus on human weakness and self-deceit never made him all that popular in his lifetime (1926-92), so it's a joy tempered with apprehension to see this unflinching volume in which people trick themselves into seeking what they don't want." The New York Times Book Review, Summer Reading 2001 selection

Review:

"Yates?s stories have too long been out of print, and as a result an entire generation of readers will be coming to Yates for the first time, and for such readers it is my special honor and pleasure to introduce the fictional world of these stories, to suggest how and why they work on us, and to speculate upon what sort of man would usher them into the world. I?m confident that these readers will not need me to tell them how great the stories are, or what a cause for celebration it is that they are finally restored to print, or that no one who pretends interest in American literature, or in the history of the contemporary short story, can afford to be without them." Richard Russo, from his Introduction

Review:

"Was there ever a writer who saw so clearly and depicted so faithfully the cracks in this broken world? Reading through the stories again, I was left as devastated as ever, but this time found a strange kind of charm in the way they, like the stories of that other poet of disappointment, John Cheever, conjure up the atmosphere, the trenchcoats and hi-fis, of a vanished world. I hope that this long-overdue collection will do for Richard Yates what that big red book did for Cheever twenty years ago — surprise us with the irrefutable proof of his genius and leave us feeling a little ashamed, perhaps, of being so taken by surprise." Michael Chabon, author of Wonder Boys

Review:

"Like Chekhov or William Maxwell, Richard Yates sees deep into the knotty hearts of his people, a rare talent that keeps his work fresh and essential....By uniting his award-winning stories with fine unpublished work like 'An Evening on the Côte d?Azur,' The Collected Stories reminds us how dangerous a writer Richard Yates is. No one should know this much about us." Stewart O?Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying

Review:

"A cause for celebration. Having these brilliant, unsettling, grimly funny, and downright heartbreaking stories gathered in one beautiful volume is a reader's dream come true. Richard Yates was, and still is, one of the great American masters of the written word, and if you don't believe me it's only because you haven't read this book." Scott Spencer, author of Endless Love and Waking the Dead

Review:

"These stringent, ruthlessly straightforward (yet never, thank God, 'minimalist') stories are set mostly in the late '40s and '50s, yet they're perfect reading for right now, when we're just starting to reacquaint ourselves with economic downturn and widespread economic anxiety, when our political discourse is insipid and our mass culture seems more vacuous than ever. In their measured, crystalline prose, Yates' stories make us ask how we ever expected so much in the first place." Maria Russo, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)

Synopsis:

The literary event of 2001 is now the paperback event of 2002: The Collected Stories of Richard Yates gathers the late author's powerful and peerless short fiction in one comprehensive volume. Praised by such authors as Michael Chabon, Stewart O'Nan, Robert Stone, and Richard Russo, and universally acclaimed in reviews across the country, The Collected Stories is the crowning jewel in what has been the rediscovery of one of our greatest American writers.

About the Author

Richard Yates was the author of the novels Revolutionary Road, A Special Providence, Disturbing the Peace, The Easter Parade, A Good School, Young Hearts Crying, and Cold Spring Harbor. He died in 1992.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Secret Hearts by Richard Russo

From ELEVEN KINDS OF LONELINESS

Doctor Jack-o'-Lantern

The Best of Everything

Jody Rolled the Bones

No Pain Whatsoever

A Glutton for Punishment

A Wrestler with Sharks

Fun with a Stranger

The B.A.R. Man

A Really Good Jazz Piano

Out with the Old

Builders

From LIARS IN LOVE

Oh, Joseph, I'm So Tired

A Natural Girl

Trying Out for the Race

Liars in Love

A Compassionate Leave

Regards at Home

Saying Goodbye to Sally

THE UNCOLLECTED STORIES

The Canal

A Clinical Romance

Bells in the Moming

Evening on the Cote d'Azur

Thieves

A Private Possession

The Comptroller and the Wild Wind

A Last Fling, Like

A Convalescent Ego

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805066937
Foreword:
Russo, Richard Paul
Author:
Russo, Richard Paul
Author:
Yates, Richard
Author:
Russo, Richard
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20010503
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.31 x 5.53 x 0.895 in

Related Subjects

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Product details 496 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805066937 Reviews:
"Review" by , "...Yates is a gifted storyteller....Pitch-perfect in their gloomy detachment, these stories about the fractured relationships of lovers, friends, parents and children, and husbands and wives ring all too true. Yates's powerful dialogue and narrative make it entirely clear that no matter what, people are going to be only as happy as they have already made up their minds to be."
"Review" by , "Yates's focus on human weakness and self-deceit never made him all that popular in his lifetime (1926-92), so it's a joy tempered with apprehension to see this unflinching volume in which people trick themselves into seeking what they don't want."
"Review" by , "Yates?s stories have too long been out of print, and as a result an entire generation of readers will be coming to Yates for the first time, and for such readers it is my special honor and pleasure to introduce the fictional world of these stories, to suggest how and why they work on us, and to speculate upon what sort of man would usher them into the world. I?m confident that these readers will not need me to tell them how great the stories are, or what a cause for celebration it is that they are finally restored to print, or that no one who pretends interest in American literature, or in the history of the contemporary short story, can afford to be without them."
"Review" by , "Was there ever a writer who saw so clearly and depicted so faithfully the cracks in this broken world? Reading through the stories again, I was left as devastated as ever, but this time found a strange kind of charm in the way they, like the stories of that other poet of disappointment, John Cheever, conjure up the atmosphere, the trenchcoats and hi-fis, of a vanished world. I hope that this long-overdue collection will do for Richard Yates what that big red book did for Cheever twenty years ago — surprise us with the irrefutable proof of his genius and leave us feeling a little ashamed, perhaps, of being so taken by surprise."
"Review" by , "Like Chekhov or William Maxwell, Richard Yates sees deep into the knotty hearts of his people, a rare talent that keeps his work fresh and essential....By uniting his award-winning stories with fine unpublished work like 'An Evening on the Côte d?Azur,' The Collected Stories reminds us how dangerous a writer Richard Yates is. No one should know this much about us."
"Review" by , "A cause for celebration. Having these brilliant, unsettling, grimly funny, and downright heartbreaking stories gathered in one beautiful volume is a reader's dream come true. Richard Yates was, and still is, one of the great American masters of the written word, and if you don't believe me it's only because you haven't read this book."
"Review" by , "These stringent, ruthlessly straightforward (yet never, thank God, 'minimalist') stories are set mostly in the late '40s and '50s, yet they're perfect reading for right now, when we're just starting to reacquaint ourselves with economic downturn and widespread economic anxiety, when our political discourse is insipid and our mass culture seems more vacuous than ever. In their measured, crystalline prose, Yates' stories make us ask how we ever expected so much in the first place." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Synopsis" by ,
The literary event of 2001 is now the paperback event of 2002: The Collected Stories of Richard Yates gathers the late author's powerful and peerless short fiction in one comprehensive volume. Praised by such authors as Michael Chabon, Stewart O'Nan, Robert Stone, and Richard Russo, and universally acclaimed in reviews across the country, The Collected Stories is the crowning jewel in what has been the rediscovery of one of our greatest American writers.

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