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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