The Fatal Belief in Happiness

An invitation to read Richard Yates

Original Title: Der fatale Glaube an das Glück

Hardcover with jacket, 208 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04452-5
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Belletristik

Date of publication: September 3, 2012
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Rainer  Moritz - The Fatal Belief in Happiness


Richard Yates – the dramatic life of a great writer

In the best years of his life celebrated, at the end forgotten – it is as if Richard Yates were a character from his own novels. The topic of failure ran through his life like a red thread: twice divorced; his relationship to his three daughters was anything but close; alcohol excesses and chain smoking ruined his health; and on the campus many students saw him as a wreck that had fallen from time. It was not until years after his death that this great author was rediscovered, promoted by writer colleagues and finally made accessible to a wide audience with the film adaptation of his masterpiece, Revolutionary Road. He is now regarded as one of the most important contemporary American writers.

Rainer Moritz knows Richard Yates' writings intimately. This book is his very personal invitation for us to get emerged in Yates's story and again read the works of this masterly author. In a light-footed tone, he leads us into the novel-like life of this unique writer.


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