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Revolutionary Road, The Easter Parade, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) Hardcover – January 6, 2009


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“To me and to many other writers of my generation, the work of Richard Yates came as a liberating force . . . He was one of the most important and influential writers of the second half of the century.” —Robert Stone

“It is Yates’s relentless, unflinching investigation of our secret hearts, and his speaking to us in language as clear and honest and unadorned and unsentimental and uncompromising as his vision, that makes him such a great writer.” —Richard Russo

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Richard Yates, born in 1926, was praised as the foremost novelist of the postwar “age of anxiety.” He died in 1992.

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  • Series: Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307270894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307270894
  • ASIN: 0307270890
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Yates was born in 1926 in New York and lived in California. His prize-winning stories began to appear 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. He died in 1992.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. Patton on March 29, 2009
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I discovered Richard Yates' work about eight years ago when I was in the US, and have been pressing his books on friends back in Australia ever since. Revolutionary Road is a near-perfect retelling of married life (for some) in the fifties. The soul-lessness of work stations and manipulative bosses resonates today, and the terrible and tragic honesty with which Yates tells his stories has a haunting beauty. Oddly though, not a depressing read as the hope of a better life shines through and readers would have enormous compassion for Frank and April. DiCaprio and Winslett did a sensitive and believable job on screen, but I urge people to read the book to get the real powerful uncompromising story. This particular edition has the bonus of another of Yates' unsurpassed work (The Easter Parade), plus a great selection of his short stories (Eleven Kinds of Loneliness). A great introduction to a master of 20th century American fiction.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Shane Halton on January 13, 2009
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Richard Yates was an incredible writer who described his characters with a unstinting, critical eye frequently depicting them as petty, jealous and selfish. At the same he is sympathetic and gives characters ample time to justify their actions both to themselves and those around them. His books are not often easy reads but they are honest and beautifully written.

Also, Raymond Carver learned everything he knew about writing from reading Richard Yates.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on January 21, 2010
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After reading these three works I want to read A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates to gain more perspective on what influenced him. Clearly, the army and wartime, TB, moving homes with frequency, journalism and advertising, and of course, tragic relationships, all have impacted his work. The three efforts are beautifully written and devastating in their unflinching portrayals of self-deception.

The first book is Revolutionary Road and this must be the only time that I have first seen the movie then read the book and not been disappointed or felt robbed in any way. In fact, as strong a treatment as the film was I was able to remove the Hollywood leads as visual or mental representations of the main characters. This speaks to how wonderful the writing is, how rich the story, and just how much more there is in the book that could ever be covered in the film. Do not get me wrong, the film is excellent unlike The Talented Mr. Ripley which ruined Patricia Highsmith's series for me.

Most will be familiar with the storyline and the theme of living together but alone. Set in 1955 (the year my parents married which very much made me think as I read it), the book follows the turbulence and calmness that is Frank and April Wheeler, somewhat arrogant but unaware Connecticut suburbanites who see themselves apart from their neighbors in the Revolutionary Hill Estates. The book opens beautifully embedding the reader in their lives by introducing us to the young couple as April stars in an embarrassingly bad community theater production of The Petrified Forest.

Dancing lightly and gracefully back and forth through their ten or so years together we see April convince Frank they should move to Paris, where she will work and support him while he finds out who he is.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Teacher on February 4, 2009
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I'd just like to note the irony in the comment put forth by one of the other reviewers: namely, that the reviewer complains Yates' books are depressing while nevertheless identifying herself as a "World War II enthusiast".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SandySTC on May 6, 2010
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I loved everything about this book. I am especially fond of "Easter Parade". The characters are real. They do have quirks, faults and worse - just like the rest of us. People start living with hope and such promise, but often end up just treading water or very slowly failing.

Yates' writing is clear and descriptive, but never dry. I really feel like I am there.

This isn't "happy" reading, so if you're looking for happy escape, this may not be for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Morris on September 16, 2009
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While I started my working life the same year this book was published, I didnt read this bestseller until Id seen the recent movie.

Yates is a master of inner dialog and keeps creating deep portraits of his key characters. This helps us understand why they do what they do. The movie is totally one dimensional and you are left asking "why did he/she do that?" You are left with a devistating portrait of the dark side of the American Dream. Even though it was written decades ago, it leaves you questioning why you lived many years in those green,safe suburbs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mauidreemn on June 14, 2014
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This collection is amazing. I would almost classify Yates in the horror column. Of course, most horror fans would be appalled at this but the hopeless, empty feeling that Yates evokes feels like horror.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Easley on June 9, 2009
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Revolutionary Road, The Easter Parade, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) A compilation of several of Yates' works, for the people by one of the greatest wordsmiths of our time. The endings may leave you bereft until you realize it couldn't have happened any other way and still maintained literary perfection.
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