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Blake Bailey

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Blake Bailey is the author of Cheever: A Life, recently hailed by the book editors of as one of the “Best Books of the Year…So Far,” a mid-year retrospective highlighting the finest works that have been released in 2009 from January through June. Declares Senior Book Editor Brad Thomas Parsons, “This outstanding, unprecedented biography of American writer John Cheever clocks in at nearly 800 pages but don’t let that dissuade you—I read it in one sitting.”

Bailey is also the editor of a two volume edition of Cheever's work published in 2009 by The Library of America. His last book, a biography of the writer Richard Yates entitled A Tragic Honesty, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Mr. Bailey received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2005, and his articles and reviews have appeared in Slate, The New York Times, The New York Observer and elsewhere. He lives in Virginia with his wife and daughter.

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