Blake Bailey

Blake Bailey is the author of biographies of Philip Roth, John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians, and a finalist for the Pulitzer and James Tait Black Prizes. His 2014 book, The Splendid Things We Planned, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. He lives in Virginia with his wife and daughter.

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Books in order of publication:

A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates – 2003

Cheever – 2009

Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson – 2013

The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait – 2015

Philip Roth: The Biography – 2021

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