Author of the Week, Richard Yates, March 8



Richard Yates

(Literary Fiction and Short Story Writer)


“I’m only interested in stories that are about the crushing of the human heart.”

“Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.”

“If my work has a theme, I suspect it is a simple one: that most human beings are inescapably alone, and therein lies their tragedy.”

Richard Yates  (1926 – 1992) was an American novelist and short story writer.  Yates ruthlessly examines the hopes and disappointments of ordinary people with empathy and humor. He is most famous for his novel Revolutionary Road, a nomination for the National Book Award in 1961. He is also revered as a short story author in his first collection Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, The Collected Stories, and Liars in Love.  Kurt Vonnegut said that Eleven Kinds of Loneliness was ‘the best short-story collection ever written by an American’.  He has been praised by such authors as Michael Chabon, Robert Stone, and Richard Russo, and universally acclaimed in reviews across the country. Macmillian Publishers.

We here at Reading Fiction Blog love short stories. We are discovering and rediscovering authors of short fiction. There is a beauty in finishing a story over a lunch time or reading an entire story in one evening. To say short stories are a great break from novel reading is one thing, but honestly the best thing about shorts stories is that they can motivate you back into daily reading of fiction!


In this novel,  Young Hearts Crying, sad and funny, Richard Yates  shows his talents about the American Dream and its casualties.


REVIEW: “Soft-spoken in his prose and terrifyingly accurate in his dialogue, Yates renders his characters with such authenticity that you hardly realize what he’s done.” —The Boston Globe.


The Making of Revolutionary Road (9 minutes)


Read Oprah’s interview at O Magazine:



Visit Richard Yates’s Amazon Author Page:


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2 responses to “Author of the Week, Richard Yates, March 8

  1. Not sure I can cope with such sad writing right now, but I appreciate the recommendation…

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    • Gabi, I had a similar feeling. As a writer, I do want to experience his prose, so I’m planning on starting with a short story. I think almost all of his stories are about unhappy trapped people. Probably why nobody reads Yates anymore, although Revolutionary Road was a huge success, and the film. James Atlas in The Atlantic called Yates “the bleakest writer I know.” Yates is one of the forgotten dead authors out there. There’s a deeper drama in reading dead authors. I think the perspective holds a ghostly quality.


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