Another masterpiece from the author of Revolutionary Road Michael Davenport, a minor poet, is an intensely ambitious young man - just old enough to have served in the US Air Force at the end of World War Two. Every failure he suffers in his efforts to become established as a professional writer weighs against the uneasy knowledge that his wife, Lucy, has an untapped private fortune amounting to millions of dollars. Lucy, for her part, always elegant but often shy, is never quite certain what is expected of her. And as a couple, the Davenports are repeatedly dismayed at meeting other people whose lives appear brighter and better than their own. In this magnificent novel, at once bitterly sad and achingly funny, Richard Yates again shows himself to be the supreme, tenderly ironic chronicler of the 'American Dream' and its casualties. Publication backed by major Richard Yates backlist marketing campaign Revolutionary Road has sold over 20,000 copies Revolutionary Road, Easter Parade, Collected Stories and Cold Spring Harbor available now Originally published by Methuen in 1986 'Yates is good at bad couples, sad, sour marriages, young hopes corroded by suburban life...These are bitterly perceptive books, depressing but difficult to put down' Grace Ingoldby, New Statesman 'Yates intends to spare his readers nothing.
He is a truthful and ruthless writer' Robert Nye, Guardian 'A natural story-teller' Nina Bawden, Daily Telegraph
Richard Yates was born in 1926 in New York and lived in California. His prize-winning stories began to appear in 1953, and Revolutionary Road, his first novel, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961. He died in 1992.