Richard Yates (novelist)

Richard Yates ( born February 3, 1926 in Yonkers, New York, † November 7, 1992 in Birmingham, Alabama) was an American novelist and essayist. As a chronicler of the American suburbs of the fifties and sixties, he made ​​his name. His works are compared with those of JD Salinger, John Updike and John Cheever.


Yates wrote his life. He started as a journalist, working as a freelance ghostwriter (including for Senator Robert F. Kennedy) and later fought with poorly paid jobs through as a teacher. His career as a novelist began in 1961 with Revolutionary Road (Original Title: Revolutionary Road). Was his first novel was still celebrated, so came Richard Yates in the late sixties into oblivion. When he died, there were only a few of his books in print. For several years, Yates is being rediscovered, especially after a major essay by Stewart O'Nan in the Boston Review.

Yates ' short stories are among the best in the 20th century. His novel Revolutionary Road is now regarded as a modern classic of American literature. He was filmed by Sam Mendes, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 2007. The film Revolutionary Road came out in 2008 theaters ( German premiere on January 15, 2009) and was nominated for several Golden Globe Awards and Oscars 2009.

Yates has been divorced twice and was the father of three daughters. He died in 1992 at the age of 66 years.


  • Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, 1957. dt Eleven species of loneliness, DVA, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-421-05859-1.
  • Ger the year of empty dreams, trans. v. Heath Lipecky. Folk and World, Berlin 1975.
  • German Revolutionary, trans. v. Hans Wolf. DVA, Stuttgart 2002, ISBN 978-3-421-05607-8.
  • Dt A special providence, DVA, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-421-04331-3.
  • Dt disturbance, DVA, München 2010, ISBN 978-3-421-04393-1.
  • German Easter Parade, DVA, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-421-04261-3.
  • Dt A good school, trans. v. Eike Schönfeld. DVA, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-421-04394-8.
  • German lovers liars, DVA, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-421-05860-7.
  • Dt A bright future, trans. v. Thomas Gunkel, DVA, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-421-04611-6.


  • 2008: Revolutionary Road exit from the void. Article at Spiegel Online about the film adaptation of the debut novel " Revolutionary Road "