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Strange times for Yates

Great post, and especially nice work about how you seemed to find yourself walking right into Revolutionary Road, virtually bumping into Frank Wheeler/Leo. I'm curious about when you first read the book. You're not alone about the "secret books" category--I think Richard Ford says something about it in the introduction you mentioned--and the whole idea of mass market proliferation of "soon to be a major motion picture" copies of RR is pretty unsettling. I happen to be in the category of recent victims of Yates fever, and I'm still angry that I never heard about Yates and this book until early this year. I guess you're one of the ones to blame. The question that I have now is how it will all play out over the next 10 years, once the movie has won its Oscars (or come close) and come and gone, and how the sequence will work as it takes its place on the reading lists of the next generation as a classic of postwar realism. People used to hoard Melville and Fitzgerald and countless others, but after a while it must have seemed a little silly to pretend that they weren't massive canonical figures. It seems like that's what's going to happen to Yates, and it's a good thing and should be fun to watch, but you can always remember the good old secret club days I suppose.

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