Richard Yates was born in Yonkers, New York in 1926. Yates’s family life was unstable during his early years; his parents divorced when he was three, and his family moved around the New York metropolitan area throughout the Depression. He later attended Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut, then enrolled in the Army and served in France and Germany during World War II.

Yates’s career as a novelist didn’t begin until 1961, when he published his best-known work, Revolutionary Road. The book achieved critical acclaim and was nominated for a National Book Award. He went on to publish six more novels over several decades: A Special Providence (1969), Disturbing the Peace (1975), The Easter Parade (1976), A Good School (1978), Young Hearts Crying (1984) and Cold Spring Harbor (1986)...Show More »

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Cold Spring Harbor

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
  • By Richard Yates
  • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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When the Shepard's car breaks down in pre-World War II New York City, a chain of events occurs that transforms the lives of the Shepards and the Drakes, as Evan and Rachel meet, court, and marry. But betrayal, disappointment, and secret schemes are on the horizon.

Disturbing the Peace

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
  • By Richard Yates
  • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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To all appearances, John Wilder has all the trappings of success, circa 1960: a promising career in advertising, a loving family, a beautiful apartment, even a country home. John’s evenings are spent with associates at quiet Manhattan lounges and his weekends with friends at glittering cocktail parties. But something deep within this seemingly perfect life has long since gone wrong.

A Special Providence

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
  • By Richard Yates
  • Narrated By Suzanne Toren, Jeff Woodman
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Robert Prentice has spent all his life attempting to escape his mother's stifling presence. His mother, Alice, for her part, struggles with her own demons as she attempts to realize her dreams of prosperity and success as a sculptor. As Robert goes off to fight in Europe, hoping to become his own man, Richard Yates portrays a soldier in the depths of war striving to live up to his heroic ideals.

Young Hearts Crying

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
  • By Richard Yates
  • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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Yates movingly portrays a man and a woman from their courtship in the 1950s to their divorce in the 70s, chronicling their heartbreaking attempts to reach their highest ambitions. Michael Davenport dreams of being a poet after returning home from World War II, and at first, he and his new wife, Lucy, enjoy their life together. But as the decades pass and the success of others creates a fear of failure in both Michael and Lucy, their once bright future gives way to a life of adultery and isolation.