Blake Bailey

  • David Sedaris Talks About Surviving the Suicide of a Sibling

    The essayist discusses the complex tragedy of having a loved one take their own life.

  • Vladimir Nabokov’s Unpublished ‘Lolita’ Screenplay Notes

    Stanley Kubrick bought the film rights to Lolita for $150,000 after its American debut, despite the considerable challenge of making a movie that would satisfy the censors. In 1959, Kubrick tried to entice the great Russian-American novelist to...

  • Busboy - An Excerpt from 'The Splendid Things We Planned' by Blake Bailey

    Blake Bailey’s memoir, The Splendid Things We Planned, will be published in March. Just as the subjects of his award-winning biographies—Richard Yates, John Cheever, and Charles Jackson—were always writing about themselves, we’re pretty sure...

  • “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.