Books by Blake Bailey

THE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED by Blake Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Bailey gives no evidence of his or his brother's splendid plans, only decades of depression, isolation and insidious self-absorption."
An award-winning biographer reveals his troubled past. Read full book review >
FARTHER & WILDER by Blake Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"Eloquent, poignant portrait of the artist as outsider and misfit."
Author of acclaimed biographies of John Cheever and Richard Yates, Bailey makes a rather surprising case for the resurrection of this deeply prescient and problematic novelist, who broke open taboos about alcoholics and homosexuals well before it was cool and championed F. Scott Fitzgerald when he was in the process of being remaindered. Read full book review >
CHEEVER by Blake Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2009

"Superb work that shows Cheever wrestling with dark angels, but wresting from those encounters some celestial prose."
A comprehensive treatment of the tormented but artful life of one of fiction's modern masters. Read full book review >
JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >
JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2003

"And without that mitigating achievement, this author's life, retold at excruciating length, seems merely a sad, sordid waste."
Overly detailed biography of the critically esteemed author limns every up and down in his self-destructive life. Read full book review >