Blake Bailey, 37th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Blake Bailey

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Theatre

Author/Artist Bio

BLAKE BAILEY is the author of A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates, a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. His biography, Cheever: A Life, won the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer and James Tait Black Memorial Prizes. In 2010 he received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other works include Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson (Knopf, 2013) and Bailey's own memoir, The Splendid Things We Planned (W. W. Norton, 2014). Currently, he is the Mina Hohenberg Darden Professor of Creative Writing at ODU and is working on a biography of Philip Roth.


Bailey read with Luisa Igloria on Thursday, October 9th at 4:00 p.m.


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