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Blake Bailey

Blake Bailey is the author of Cheever: A Life, which was published by Knopf in March 2009. He edited a two-volume edition of Cheever’s work, published in March by The Library of America. His last book, A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Between the House and the Chicken Yard

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, by Brad Gooch. Little, Brown and Company, February 2009. $30 Thirty years ago, a young Brad Gooch got in touch with Flannery O’Connor’s old friend Sally Fitzgerald, who had just edited a posthumous coll [...]

No Memory for Pain: John Cheever Begins

On April 27, 1982, less than two months before his death from cancer, John Cheever appeared at Carnegie Hall to accept the National Medal for Literature. While his colleagues stood and cheered (“John had nothing but friends,” said Malcolm Cowley) [...]