• Title: The Collected Stories of Richard Yates
  • Author: Richard Yates Richard Russo
  • ISBN: 9780805066937
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Collected Stories of Richard Yates 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
    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 BeA 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, Andr 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.

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    1. This book kicked my ass. I was reading it while it was cold, and several of the stories use cold as part of the feeling, and I was reading it during some serious emotional turmoil, and much of the book deals with emotional turmoil, but usually subdued, quiet turmoil, boiling beneath the surface and coming out in the stupid little ways it usually does in real life. This guy knew how to capture the embarrassing feelings of futility and shame and hyper self-awareness that I'm scared of and hate fee [...]

    2. I did not know Richard Yates before finding this book in a bookseller in Provence. This short novels are a true happiness. Mad Men athmosphere with frigid blonde women and neurotic men.It is perfectly written. For a lover of American literature it is the missing link between Tennessee William and Raymond Carver. A true discovery.

    3. Richard Yates was a man of my Dad's generation, a group of anxious men too young to qualify for the Greatest Generation and too old to be hippies. And damn could he write about that generation. Yates' world is full of rich, humane portraits of whole classes of people I've never met, drunk World War II vets and blue collar Jersey housewives in the '40s and Depression-era New York street kids.And yet, unlike his contemporary Updike, Yates was never a flashy writer. His turns of phrase aren't espec [...]

    4. I identify so deeply with the writing of Richard Yates and am ashamed to just now read his collected stories. Sure, I've read many of them in anthologies and of course Easter Parade and Revolutionary Road. To read the stories is to admit that Yates drew the bulk of his material from his life experience: World War II, tuberculosis, Hollywood screenwriting, failed marriages, and a dash of current events. "Oh, Joseph, I'm So Tired" remains one of my favorite stories of all time with it's frustrated [...]

    5. The short comment only regards ''The Uncollected Stories'' Returning to Yates is both pleasure and a privilege. A collection of nine stories, discovered at James Madison University, bears no novelties, but reaffirm why we enjoy the painful exactness of his prose. As the most stifled and hidden American novelist he further establishes himself as a supreme chronicler of human disappointment.

    6. Story: This book brings together stories that were published in Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love, as well as several previously unpublished stories. Almost without an exception, each of these stories features one of the following: struggling writers, tuberculosis, the army, siblings, and cheating husbands and wives.Opinion: I find it hard to say anything meaningful about Yates, because anything I do say will never live up to what this man has written. If you've read Revolutionary Roa [...]

    7. I hope Richard Yates and Dorothy Parker got to have a good drink together.I enjoyed these bitter little offerings. Lots of tuberculosis hospitals, war stories, and urban professionals and dissatisfied wives. The characters are well-drawn and vivid, the dialogue feels real, and I feel like I understand. These characters are horrible and human. They're petty and shallow and ambitious and sad and complicated and hurting and hopeful and messy inside. But the whole thing comes off beautifully precise [...]

    8. This is the first time I’ve read anything by Richard Yates since I finished Blake Bailey’s astonishing biography of the author, and I’m amazed anew at how such a chaotic life could produce such balanced and beautiful pieces of fiction. The first two books collected here - ‘Eleven Kinds of Loneliness’ and ‘Liars in Love’ - are perfectly crafted and get better and with each reread. The uncollected works that make up the final third are slightly less successful, ending occasionally wi [...]

    9. I decided to read only the stories from the book Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, so I'd have something wonderful to return to and to experience one complete book as it was originally published. I read each story in order, one kind of loneliness per evening. While I prefer his novels, I generally—though not without exception—prefer novels to short stories to sink my teeth into. Compared to other authors, this is a four or five star book; compared to Yates's novels, it only comes in at 3 or 3.5 st [...]

    10. *Adapted from a 2010 review on my blog literarymindedWhen a man is fired from his job in the story ‘A Glutton for Punishment’, he realises he has enjoyed the failures in his life. The character in this – like many of the other characters in Richard Yates’ Collected Stories – runs over a conversation in his head, with his wife, before the actual conversation takes place. Reading this book is having a conversation with failure – your own projected shortcomings (gone over in your head), [...]

    11. There is some fantastic writing here, complex stories, subtle touches, and very intelligent writing. But it can be a bit of a slog at times – not due to poor quality, but because of the sad, painful nature of most of Yates’s stories. The author was a bipolar alcoholic who smoked 5 packs a day, yet somehow managed to live to around 70. He was twice divorced, and he probably was deeply familiar with the emotional dislocation and personal struggles that he writes about in his stories. A sour br [...]

    12. “The Collected Stories of Richard Yates”—A staggering and wonderful story collection about what it means to be human in postwar 1950s suburbia and beyond. The first segment, selections from Yates’s “Eleven Kinds of Loneliness" are the highlights. His stories are cleanly written, without any pretenses, and quite honestly unflinching about the human condition’s desire to be happy; though unhappiness and misery are always going to be in existence. His characters from the “Eleven Kinds [...]

    13. Revisiting this and good gracious and lord have mercy help my day over the fence, man, these stories are full of sentences packing a bevy of emotion and clarity and pulse. Yates had a rhythm. Sad as hell, but he writes like someone that's alive and knows what it sounds like when people actually talk to one another. Check out The B.A.R. Man and pay close attention to the first few paragraphs and what you learn about the man in question. Algren's short stories somehow led me, back in the day, to t [...]

    14. I love Richard Yates but I found these stories hard to get through. His characters are bleak and reading one right after the other was a bit of a downer. That said, they were different than I thought they would be. Short stories can often be zingers and I didn't find these to be so. It's like he shone a spotlight on someone's life for a brief moment and you know it's going to continue on in the same way after as it did before. He's a fantastic writer, but his dark side really came through in thi [...]

    15. Liked most of the stories. Real downers. Was recommended this as a fan of Raymond Carver. Still prefer Carver but was surprised by how much I enjoyed Yates' stories too. They have similarities. Usually about working class people dealing with issues that aren't necessarily resolved throughout the story but rather the characters finding themselves in a situation where they have to learn to live with these unresolved issues.

    16. I read this right after finishing the biography of Richard Yates. The stories in the collection all contain an element of autobiography. Yates life stories bubble forth in a sort of twilight zone style. My only complaint is that they do become a bit repetitive.

    17. i love yates' novels, and taken alone, the stories can be inspiring, but all together, the effect is diminishing. too many similarities, too many stories that feel unsure of themselves.

    18. A writer with a relentlessly fatalistic world view. All human flaws will out. Everyone lies, especially to oneself, disappointment is inevitable. I found this perspective raw and fascinating in Revolutionary Road, which I still feel is a superb book. In story after story, however, I felt beaten until I lost the will to get up.

    19. I only read a few of these stories. Pros: Excellent prose based on keen observation. If you are interested in American society in his time, definitely a must-read.Cons: None particular. (However, if you've been following my reviews, you know I expect more from stories. I want stories that fly.) Especially recommended to men who want to appear intelligent.

    20. Only three stars for The Collected Stories of Richard Yates? Really? Really? My reservations regarding the largely arbitrary assignment of stars aside, three stars does seem like an uncommonly harsh review of a book that I really enjoyed, from an author who I really love. But three makes sense, I promise.Three stars because the quality of the first collection contained in this printing, 1962’s Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, is simply nowhere near the fine work that followed it or the gangbusters [...]

    21. »Als Mann muss man keinen Verlobungsring tragen, also hast du leicht reden. Ein Mann ist privilegiert, er kann tun, was ihm gefällt.« (S.172)Erster Satz:„Moment mal – ist das nicht dieselbe Division, in der du warst, Lew?“ Betty Miller wandte sich in Erwartung eines aussergewöhnlichen Zufalls mit weit aufgerissenen Augen an ihren Mann und hätte fast ihren Drink verschüttet.Verlagstext:Kein Wort zu viel und trotzdem alles gesagt: Die letzten Erzählungen vom Meister der kurzen FormRic [...]

    22. Kurzgeschichten, die durchaus Potential auf ein Buch gehabt hättenDas Buch: In diesem Buch sind neun Kurzgeschichten von Richard Yates vertreten. Diese sind doch recht unterschiedlich, zeichnen jedoch prägende Personen ab, die der Leser in einer kurzen Zeit erlebt und mit den Protagonisten leidet. Und so kommen unter anderem ein liebeshungriger Bürokaufmann, eine verzweifelte Ehegattin, eine Verlobte auf Europareise, eine gefundene Münze und Soldaten die auf das Kriegsende hoffen vor.Fazit: [...]

    23. This book contains the collections 'Eleven Kinds of Loneliness' and 'Liars in Love', and also some uncollected stories. The titles of both those collections are impeccably well chosen and accurate. It occurs to me that a technique for writing short fiction might be to think of the title of a collection before thinking of any individual story.Richard Yates is possibly the best value for money short story writer I have ever come across. There is not a single poor or unengaging story in the book. T [...]

    24. Absolutely astonishing, delightful and soul-enlighting. Richard Yates captivates captivates raw feelings in such depth which I have never seen before.

    25. I’ve heard quite a few writers referred to as a master of the short story form. Some of that is hyperbole to sell books and some is legitimate. Yates' name is usually mentioned in that pantheon. I’ll acknowledge his prowess in that area but I can’t really say I enjoyed this collection all that much. Especially in early stories in this collection I felt he over-relied on writing in the vernacular of his New England based characters. It’s odd that this same style doesn’t bother me with o [...]

    26. Richard Yates chronicles the delusions, lost dreams and disappointments of everyday people. The addictive thing about these stories is how he zeroes in on the dreadful details -- the things we want to forget - the sad, sorry moments and chapters of our lives - yet Yates hits them with such dead accurracy he makes you relish the telling of it. There are no happy endings here. I guess the most uplifting thing Yates hopes for his characters is that they will finally wake up and experience something [...]

    27. I have mixed feelings about this collection. It's well written and it has a lot to recommend it, but at this moment in my life it was painful to read and its pessimistic outlook annoyed me. Why I decided 'Eleven Kinds of Loneliness' would be a good read right NOW, of all the times I could have read it (and several other times I almost did), I'll never know. But once I'd got through it and on to 'Liars In Love', I was determined to finish the fucking thing. And having just done so, I'm glad I did [...]

    28. Richard Yates is one of those writers who captures true human emotions and paints life out to be what it actually isdifficult. So many of these stories delve into "true" deep seeded desires and emotions all adults may experience at one point or another. The emotional turmoil he is able to capture is challenging to read because for many, it hits too close to home. One of the common themes throughout many of these stories is the dissatisfaction people feel in their marriages and relationships. Man [...]

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