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11 Kinds of Loneliness Hardcover – Jan 1972

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  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood Press (January 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837157277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837157276
  • Shipping Weight: 789 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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"The most perceptive author of the twentieth century" The Times "Yates is a realist par excellence, the natural heir to Hemingway's pared-to-the-bones style and the antecedent of Carver's flat minimalism. There is something else though: a kind of transparency, almost a translucency, that owes more to Fitzgerald, his great literary hero... Read and weep" -- Kate Atkinson Guardian "Yates created what is almost the New York equivalent of Dubliners" New York Times "Eloquent and powerful... Wryly funny even when he's quietly tearing your heart out" Harper's "Extravagantly gifted... Yates' eye and ear are unsurpassed; I know of no writer whose senses are in more admirable condition. It is they that make his characters live, make these stories move and beat - they, and the sure perfection of his writing" Esquire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard Yates was born in 1926 in New York and lived in California. His prize-winning stories began to appear in 1953 and his first novel, Revolutionary Road, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1961. He is the author of eight other works, including the novels A Good School, The Easter Parade, and Disturbing the Peace, and two collections of short stories, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness and Liars in Love. He died in 1992. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on June 16 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To put it simply: you must read this book. It is the most depressing, uplifting, poignant, ironic book I've read. That may seem like a contradiction in terms, but if you've read the book you know what I'm talking about.
Richard Yates writes about ordinary men, women and children -- "loners" leading solitary existences. A few stories, such as "Doctor Jack-O'-Lantern" and "Jody Rolled the Bones", are filled with bittersweet humor; others, such as "Fun With a Stranger" are downright sad. But don't think Yates is some depressed, manic-depressive writer, because he's not. Rather, his words, his characters strike you in a way you never thought possible, making you want to read them over and over again.
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By A Customer on Dec 27 2000
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This collection is hands-down one of the best short-story collections I've read. Yates is a no-nonsense, straight-talking, highly skilled story teller with an intelligent voice who knows how to keep the reader genuinely engaged without sacrificing emotional depth or subtlety. Each and every story in this book is a winner: touching, honest, well-told, deeply felt. The collection is also a refreshing change from the morass of badly written contemporary short fiction that has taken the very worst from the minimalist movement (sometimes less IS less...). These are stories with meat on their bones--but no fat. HIGHLY recommended.
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Richard Yates was a brilliant writer of novels and short stories who was universally admired by his peers including--among others--Tennessee Williams, John Updike, and Phillip Roth. His novel "Revolutionary Road" was considered groundbreaking when it was published in 1961. Never commercially successful after that, Yates continued to write and taught on a number of college campuses including the University of Iowa Writing Program. "Eleven Kinds of Loneliness" is delicious.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f83f24c) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12a93a8) out of 5 stars Only the Lonely June 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To put it simply: you must read this book. It is the most depressing, uplifting, poignant, ironic book I've read. That may seem like a contradiction in terms, but if you've read the book you know what I'm talking about.
Richard Yates writes about ordinary men, women and children -- "loners" leading solitary existences. A few stories, such as "Doctor Jack-O'-Lantern" and "Jody Rolled the Bones", are filled with bittersweet humor; others, such as "Fun With a Stranger" are downright sad. But don't think Yates is some depressed, manic-depressive writer, because he's not. Rather, his words, his characters strike you in a way you never thought possible, making you want to read them over and over again.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01b548c) out of 5 stars Sad Stories Say So Much Aug. 11 2009
By Mick McKeown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A collection of short stories each portraying a different kind of loneliness. Yates' writing is nothing short of hyponotic. Every character let me into their little part of the world and showed their rawest and deepest emotion. As a writer, Yates honors his craft and I would suggest an aspiring writer to pick this up and learn from his work. Two of his stories had a profound effect me. The first one is about a young boy who starts at a new school and lies about everything. His situation was unique but reminescent of the feelings many of us had during those turbulent middle school years. The other story was about a guy writing stories for a cabbie. Eventually, the writer recognizes their "friendship" has no real foundation and the cabbie is a friend in name only. This slice from the scence of life is worth the read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa01b5a98) out of 5 stars A Masterful Collection Aug. 29 2006
By Jeffrey H. Maclachlan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
These stories will stay with me for the rest of my life, particularly "No Pain Whatsoever." Yates was a tremendously underrated writer, but hopefully won't stay that way. A must-read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fd190b4) out of 5 stars Beautifully written characters studies of alienation Nov. 28 2012
By Baranabus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
So you can guess by the title that there will be few happy endings and life-affirming group hugs in this collection. If you want that, well... actually, maybe you should read this anyway. These stories are about people who don't, and can't, fit that formula.

Yates was so perceptive and evocative and could draw deep insight from the mundane. That's what a great writer can do. Some readers complained that Revolutionary Road was boring; of course, there are no reanimated dinosaurs or teenaged vampires. Yates writes for adults who enjoy character studies.

"Jody Rolled The Bones" is so excellent, with its lament of the soldier who chants the song named in the title: "Jody was your fair-weather friend, the soft civilian who took for granted everything you held dear". That's a butchered quote, but you get the idea. This is not just about 1950s alienation, that is a timeless divide between the ones who will die and the ones who will kick back on the sofa and relax.

These are some of the best short stories I've read by any author. Ignore the mediocre DiCaprio movie; don't let that deter you from reading Richard Yates if you haven't checked out his work.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12a951c) out of 5 stars Step Back in Time Aug. 23 2009
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I usually shy away from short story collections because I always feel like I've had a snack instead of a meal but Yates' stories are unexpectedly full and satisfying. He's so good at depicting time and place.....late 30's, 40's and 50's. His stories are grim as the title implies but they provide lots of insight into human motivations/feelings/relationships. These stories are well worth your reading time.

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