Rafael Yglesias

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Rafael Yglesias (born May 12, 1954) is an American novelist and screenwriter. His parents were the novelists Jose Yglesias and Helen Yglesias. The blogger and journalist Matthew Yglesias is his older son; his younger son, Nicholas, is also a novelist.

Yglesias was born and raised in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, and now lives in Greenwich Village. He attended the Horace Mann School and the George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine, but dropped out three months into 10th grade to complete his first novel, Hide Fox, and All After. It was published by Doubleday in 1972.

He later began writing screenplays; the first to be produced, Fearless, was an adaptation of his novel of the same title. Other films written by Yglesias were adaptations of works by Ariel Dorfman, Victor Hugo, and Alan Moore; his 2005 film, Dark Water, is a remake of a J-horror film of the same name. His ninth novel, A Happy Marriage, is a fictionalized account of his nearly thirty-year marriage to the artist Margaret Joskow, who died of cancer in 2004. It won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction in 2009. He began a relationship with Donna Redel in 2007; they married in 2013, separated in 2014, and subsequently divorced.


  • Hide Fox, and All After
  • The Work Is Innocent
  • The Game Player
  • Hot Properties
  • Only Children
  • The Murderer Next Door
  • Fearless
  • Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil
  • A Happy Marriage, which won the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
  • The Wisdom of Perversity


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