Blake Bailey Biography
A native of Oklahoma City, Blake Bailey is an American writer best known for literary biographies of Richard Yates, John Cheever, Charles Jackson, and Philip Roth.
Bailey is also the editor of the Library of America omnibus editions of Cheever’s stories and novels.
He was the Mina Hohenberg Darden Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia from 2010 to 2016.
Blake Bailey Education
Bailey attended Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. At the school, he was friends with another future author, Dan Fagin. Blake later went on to join Tulane University and graduated in 1985.
Blake Bailey Age
Bailey was born on July 1, 1963, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is 57 years old as of 2020.
Blake Bailey Parents and Siblings
At the moment, there is no information available about Blake’s parents and/ or siblings. His family has managed to live a life away from the limelight.
In a series of articles for Slate, Blake narrated how his family lost their house and most of their possessions in Hurricane Katrina.
Blake Bailey Wife
Bailey is married to Mary Brinkmeyer, a nationally recognized expert in general clinical psychology, pain management, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). There is no information about her personal life except for her career and education.
Mary graduated from the University of Florida. In 2016, she was named Navy Psychology Civilian Psychologist of the Year. At the time, she was Associate Training Director for the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Psychology Training Programs.
Mary previously served as the embedded health/pain psychologist in the NMCP Orthopedic Clinic for 4 years. She was also selected for the Center for Deployment Psychology position at NMCP, where she served from 2012 to 2014.
Blake Bailey Agent
Bailey’s agency was the Story Factory. They however dropped him in April 2021 after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
Blake Bailey Sexual Assault Allegations
Bailey was dropped by his agency, the Story Factory, in April 2021, following allegations of sexual misconduct which were made in the comments section of a literary blog.
Two of the women Valentina Rice, 47, and Eve Peyton, 40, detailed their experience of being raped by the writer. Valentina claimed the alleged incident happened at a friend’s house in New Jersey in 2015.
Payton on the other hand claimed Blake allegedly raped her in a hotel room in New Orleans in 2003. Other women who were his students in the past have come forward to speak about their experiences of sexual misconduct by Bailey.
Blake Bailey Philip Roth: The Biography
Bailey is the writer of Philip Roth: The Biography. The publisher of the biography, W. W. Norton & Company said it had “decided to pause the shipping and promotion of Philip Roth: The Biography pending any further information that may emerge.”
The full statement read; “These allegations are serious. In light of them, we have decided to pause the shipping and promotion of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ pending any further information that may emerge,”
Blake Bailey Net Worth
Bailey’s net worth is under review. We will update this information as soon as it is available.