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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

February 3rd, 2002

American novelist Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road, 1951) is born in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1926.

Richard Yates, b. February 3, 1926, d. 1992

Although admired as a novelist and short story writer by Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Parker, John Cheever, William Styron, and Tennessee Williams, Yates never achieved much fame in his lifetime. Revolutionary Road was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1962, along with Catch-22 and Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer (which won), but his books never sold more than 12,000 copies in his lifetime and all were out of print when he died. His vision is bleak — his life was unhappy — but penetrating, and his prose is clear as water.

Suggested Reading Novels Revolutionary Road, 1961. A Special Providence, 1969. Disturbing the Peace, 1975. The Easter Parade, 1976. A Good School, 1978. Young Hearts Crying, 1984. Cold Spring Harbor, 1986. Stories Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, 1962. Liars in Love, 1981. The Collected Stories of Richard Yates, 2001.

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