Blake Bailey Quotes


I'm not an academic; I'm just a bookish Joe who gets passionate about certain writers and suddenly wants to read everything they've ever written and find out why they wrote it.

I write literary biographies so above all I have to love the subject's books. But choosing a subject is tough.

I'm a huge fan of 'The Lost Weekend.' I have this dog-eared copy of the 1963 Time Reading Program edition which was a series of contemporary classics reprinted as a quality paperback.

The whole psychoanalytical establishment in America at midcentury was geared to make people with homosexual proclivities feel like monsters moral degenerates.

I myself am consummately middle class. We grew up in upper-middle-class suburbs in Oklahoma City and that's very much the same ethos as what Richard Yates and John Cheever wrote about.

I myself am consummately middle class. We grew up in upper-middle-class suburbs in Oklahoma City and thats very much the same ethos as what Richard Yates and John Cheever wrote about.