Life and career
Yglesias was born in the Ybor City section of Tampa, Florida, and was of Cuban and Spanish descent. His father was from Galicia. He moved to New York City in 1937 and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He studied at Black Mountain College and was a film critic for The Daily Worker. He lived in New York City and Brooklin, Maine. From 1953 to 1963 he held an executive position at the pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp and Dohme.
He published fifteen books and wrote articles for The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and other periodicals. In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.
Yglesias was the patriarch of a writing family, which in addition to his son, the novelist and screenwriter Rafael Yglesias, included his wife, Helen Yglesias, a novelist and editor, as well as his grandsons: blogger and author Matthew Yglesias, and Nicholas Yglesias, a novelist. He died on November 7, 1995, at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City from cancer.
- A Wake in Ybor City (1963), about Cubans who immigrated to Florida.
- The Goodbye Land (1967), about Galicia, his father's native province in Spain.
- In the Fist of the Revolution (1968), an intimate view of Mayari, a small country town in Cuba, under the rule of Fidel Castro.
- An Orderly Life (1968)
- Down There (1970), deals with the lives of people in Brazil, Cuba, Chile and Peru.
- The Truth About Them (1971)
- Double Double (1974)
- The Franco Years (1975), a series of interviews, with people who lived in Spain under Francisco Franco's dictatorship.
- The Kill Price (1976)
- Home Again
- Tristan and the Hispanics (1989), centered on a man who was the most famous Latin American writer of his generation.
- Widower’s Walk (1996)
- The Guns In The Closet (1996), collected stories
- The Old Gents (1996)
- Break In (1996)
- "Jose Yglesias, Britannica.com.". Britannica. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- Gussow, Mel (November 8, 1995). "Jose Yglesias, Novelist of Revolution, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
- “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968 New York Post