Blake Bailey

  • “A Better World”

    Blake Bailey is the author of Cheever: A Life, published earlier this year by Knopf. His previous book, A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  • Stille Nacht

    Blake is one of the most observant, meticulous authors we know, and he specializes in writing biographies of other writers—a very tricky thing to do well.

  • John Cheever Goes Under

    In 1974, John Cheever accepted a teaching position at Boston University, the better to distance himself from his family and drink in peace.

  • Beloved Monster

    On a sweltering day in August 1971, Jerusalem police found a partly decomposed-and weirdly hairless-corpse in a two-story suburban house near the YMCA.