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Jonathan Yardley (born 1939) was a book critic at The Washington Post, and at one time of the Washington Star. In 1981 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Background and education[edit]

Yardley was born in Pittsburgh in 1939. His father was a teacher of English and the classics, as well as an Episcopal minister and a headmaster at two East Coast private schools. Yardley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, in 1961. Yardley is married to biographer/novelist Marie Arana, the former editor of Washington Post Book World.[1] His sons, Jim Yardley and William Yardley, by a previous marriage, are New York Times reporters. He and his son Jim are one of two father-son recipients of the Pulitzer Prize.

Career[edit]

After leaving Chapel Hill, Yardley interned at the New York Times as assistant to James Reston, the columnist and Washington Bureau chief. From 1964 to 1974, Yardley worked as an editorial writer and book reviewer at the Greensboro Daily News; during this time, he was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, academic year 1968-1969, where he studied American literature and literary biography. From 1974 to 1978, Yardley served as book editor of the Miami Herald. From 1978 to 1981, he was the book critic at the Washington Star, receiving a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in 1981. In 1981, Yardley became book critic and columnist at the Washington Post.

Yardley is author of several books, among them biographies of Frederick Exley and Ring Lardner. His memoir about his family, Our Kind of People, describes his parents' 50-year marriage and casts a wry eye on the American WASP experience. He edited H.L. Mencken's posthumous literary and journalistic memoir, My Life as Author and Editor. He has written introductions to books by Graham Greene, A. J. Liebling, Booth Tarkington and others.

Yardley is known simultaneously as a scathingly frank critic and a starmaker. Among the talents he has brought to public light and championed are Michael Chabon, Edward P. Jones, Anne Tyler, William Boyd, Olga Grushin and John Berendt. He wrote a famously harsh review of Joe McGinniss' book The Last Brother: The Rise and Fall of Teddy Kennedy, saying "Not merely is it a textbook example of shoddy journalistic and publishing ethics; it is also a genuinely, unrelievedly rotten book, one without a single redeeming virtue, an embarrassment that should bring nothing except shame to everyone associated with it."[2] In early 2003, Yardley began a series called "Second Reading",[3] described as “An occasional series in which The Post’s book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past.” Every month or so, for the next seven years, he published essays about notable books from the past, many of which had gone out of print or were in some way seen as neglected.[4] It was in this series (in 2004) that he gained attention for his highly critical look at The Catcher in the Rye.[5] A collection of the Second Reading columns was published by Europa Editions in July 2011.

On December 5, 2014, Yardley announced his retirement as book critic of the Post.[6]

Awards[edit]

Yardley was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Yardley has been a Nieman Fellow. Yardley was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by George Washington University in 1987, and a distinguished alumnus award by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

Bibliography[edit]


As editor

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Offman, Craig, "Washington Post Book World editor steps down", Salon.com, 15 July 1999 (Accessed 27 February 2007)
  2. ^ Subject: Why Spill Vitriol on Such a Squalid Screed?
  3. ^ Second Reading at the Washington Post
  4. ^ Full list: "Jonathan Yardley’s Second Readings", The Neglected Books Page, last accessed January 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield, Aging Gracelessly", by Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post, October 19, 2004; Page C01
  6. ^ Yardley, Jonathan (December 5, 2014). "After More Than Three Decades and 3,000 Reviews, a Fond Farewell". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 

External links[edit]


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Washington Post
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:14:23 -0800

As longtime Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley retires this week, he lists some of the books he's cherished most during his 33-year tenure with Book World. Some of the titles here he reviewed for The Post, and others he read for the first ...
 
Washington Post
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:52:30 -0800

Thirty-three years and four months — a third of a century almost to the minute — are quite enough, thank you. On the second Monday of August 1981, I reported for work in the tiny, semi-subterranean offices of Book World, the Sunday supplement of The ...

New York Post

Once A Metro
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:29:32 -0700

Rumored to be on the English broadcast (on a rotating basis) are Jonathan Yardley, Ed Cohen, and Matt Harmon as play by play men, with former MetroStar and red Bull Steve Jolley picking up the analyst role. The news is good for Red Bulls fans who have ...
 
Washington Post
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:09:45 -0700

“Back in the 1950s,” Washington Post critic Jonathan Yardley wrote in 1988, “the funniest man in America was either Lenny Bruce or Mort Sahl or Stan Freberg.” Mr. Freberg predated the others, beginning in the 1940s as a voice-over artist for Warner Bros.

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Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:04:16 -0700

“When I first moved to New York, I bought a remaindered copy of Jonathan Yardley's biography of Ring Larder, one of my favorite writers,” Dubner said. “It somehow persuaded me that I too could make it as a writer in New York. Pure delusion, but it ...
 
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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:02:39 -0700

I would later read critics who breezily called the Pulitzer Prize-winning book lighthearted, narratively simple, and, for these reasons, atypical Faulkner (“affectingly wistful,” Jonathan Yardley wrote). It was, as they say today, a fun read, maybe (it ...
 
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Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:52:22 -0800

By Jonathan Yardley December 6, 2013. This is the shortest best-of-the-year list I've published in my 32 (!) years at The Washington Post, and probably the oddest. For one thing, for the first time none of the 10 books chosen is fiction, unless one ...
 
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Sat, 08 Dec 2012 14:30:00 -0800

Eleven books make my year's best list for 2012, and what most impresses me is how genuinely good all of them are. Usually my list contains four or five books that I regard as first-rate along with perhaps a half-dozen that earn honorable mentions but ...
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