Interested in doing research about Richard Yates? Wanting to be up close and personal with his distinct works? Curious in what other writers have written about him? We have compiled books and written articles that discuss the brilliance of this author. For your reference, we included them below:


Richard Yates, Tawyne’s United States Author Series, by David Castronovo and Steven Goldleaf. Twayne Publishers, New York 1996.

A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, by Blake Bailey. Picador USA, 2003.

The New American Novel of Manners: The Fiction of Richard Yates, Dan Wakefield, and Thomas McGuane, by Jerome Klinkowitz. Univ of Georgia Press, 1986.

Essays and Articles

“American Beauty (Circa 1955),” by Richard Ford, New York Times Book Review, New York; 9 April 2000.

“Richard Yates: An Introduction,” by Michael Shinagel, Harvard Review, Fall 2003, Issue 25; pg. 50.

“The Lost World of Richard Yates,” by Stewart O’Nan, Boston Review, October/November, 1999.

“Poor Dick: Looking for the Real Richard Yates,” by Blake Bailey, Harvard Review, Fall 2003, Issue 25; pg. 53.

“Excerpt from The Art of Fiction No. 183, with Tobias Wolff,” The Paris Review, Issue 171, Fall 2004. Interviewed by Jack Livings.

“Drinking With Dick Yates,” by Martin Naparsteck, The North American Review, May-August 2001, p75.

“Eleven Kinds of Loneliness,” by Dennis Loy Johnson (Yates’s bartender), 2001.

“Out of Oblivion: A writer rejoices that Richard Yates’ stories are back in print,” by Ann Beattie, San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2001.

Revolutionary Road on Time’s All-Time 100 best novels (which, rather lamely, starts at 1923, the year Time magazine was born).

“Richard Yates, In Memoriam,” by Don Lee, Ploughshares, Vol. 18.4, 1992.

“A Salute To Mr. Yates,” by Andre Dubus, Black Warrior Review, Volume 15.2, Spring 1989.

“Richard Yates, Novelist, 66, Dies; Chronicler of Disappointed Lives,” by Eric Pace, New York Times, 9 November 1992.

“Remarks at the Richard Yates Memorial Service,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Harvard Review, Fall 2003, Issue 25; pg. 78.

“What Richard Yates would think of Sam Mendes Making Revolutionary Road,” by Blake Bailey, Slate, 26 June 2007.

“An Emotional Journey Down Revolutionary Road,” by Anthony Giardina, “All Things Considered” on NPR, 17 July 2007.

“Points of Craft From Richard Yates,” by DeWitt Henry, remarks delivered to the Association of Writers & Writting Programs conference, February 2008.

“Rebirth of a Dark Genius,” by Nick Frasier, Guardian, 17 February 2008.

“Here’s Hoping,” by Monica Yates, written for, 29 March 2008.

“Blaming the ‘Burbs,” by Adelle Waldman, The New Republic, 22 December 2008.

“Richard Yates, In Memorium,” by Bob Lehrman, The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Hyperion, 1999.

Reviews of The Collected Stories of Richard Yates

“The Second Coming of Richard Yates,” by Lee Siegel, Harper’s, July 2001, p82.

“The Collected Stories of Richard Yates,” by Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post, 22 April 2001 pT02.

“The Collected Stories of Richard Yates,” by Stewart O’Nan, Ploughshares, Spring 2001.

“Just Like Mother,” by Theo Tait, The London Review of Books, 6 February 2003, vol.25, no. 3.

“Secret Hearts,” by Richard Russo (introduction to Collected Stories).

Reviews of Revolutionary Road

“With a Fingerhold on Reality,” by Martin Levin, New York Times, 5 March 5 1961

The New Yorker, 1 April 1961.

“Books of The Times: Revolutionary Road,” by Orville Prescott, New York Times, 10 March 1961.

“Left unsaid,” by John Mullan, The Guardian, 18 Sept. 2004.

“Like Men Betrayed,” by James Wood, The New Yorker, 15 December 2008.

Other reviews

“Gifted Quartet,” by William Peden, The New York Times, 26 October 1958. Review of Short Story 1.

“Richard Yates and His Unhappy People,” by Robert Towers, New York Times, 1 November 1981.

“An Ultimate Sad Sack, Hopelessly Indefatigable,” by Janet Maslin, New York Times, 26 November 2003. Review of A Tragic Honesty.