Blake Bailey

The Fiction Issue 2015

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.
Blake Bailey
The Fiction Issue 2014

Vladimir Nabokov’s Unpublished ‘Lolita’ Screenplay Notes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...
Blake Bailey
The Horse Is a Horse of Course of Course Issue

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...
Blake Bailey
The Fiction Issue 2009

“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.
Blake Bailey
The Fiction Issue 2008

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.
Blake Bailey
The History Issue

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.
Blake Bailey
The Homo Neanderthalensis Issue

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.
Blake Bailey