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Cheever, John

Cheever, John

Cheever, John, 1912-82, American author, b. Quincy, Mass. His expulsion from Thayer Academy was the subject of his first short story, published by the New Republic when he was 17. Many of his subsequent works are also semiautobiographical. With meticulously rendered detail, Cheever often wrote about life in the affluent American suburbs. Although his works are usually comic, his view is that of a moralist. His fiction includes the novels The Wapshot Chronicle (1957), The Wapshot Scandal (1964), and Falconer (1977); and several short-story collections. Comprehansive collections of Cheever's masterful short stories, which acutely chronicle his generation's urban and suburban life, were published in 1978 (Pulitzer Prize) and 2009; his novels were collected in 2009. His daughter, Susan Cheever, 1943-, and his son, Benjamin Cheever, 1948-, are also writers.

See his journals (1991, rev. ed. 1994, repr. 2008), ed. by S. Cheever (and R. Gottlieb); his letters, ed. by B. Cheever (1988); S. Cheever, Home before Dark (1984); S. Donaldson, ed., Conversations with John Cheever (1987); biographies by S. Donaldson (1988) and B. Bailey (2009); studies by L. Waldeland (1979), R. G. Collins, ed. (1982), G. W. Hunt (1983), J. E. O'Hara (1989), F. J. Bosha, ed. (1994), P. Meanor (1995), and H. Bloom, ed. (2003).

(born May 27, 1912, Quincy, Mass., U.S.—died June 18, 1982, Ossining, N.Y.) U.S. short-story writer and novelist. Cheever lived principally in southern Connecticut. His stories appeared notably in The New Yorker, his clear and elegant prose delineating the drama and sadness of life in comfortable suburban America, often through fantasy and ironic comedy. He has been called the Chekhov of the suburbs. His collections include The Enormous Radio (1953), The Brigadier and the Golf Widow (1964), and The Stories of John Cheever (1978, Pulitzer Prize). Among his novels are The Wapshot Chronicle (1957), The Wapshot Scandal (1964), and Falconer (1977). His revealing journals were published in 1991. Two of his children, Susan and Benjamin, also became writers.

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The Stories of John Cheever is a 1978 short story collection by American author John Cheever. It contains some of his most famous stories, including "The Enormous Radio," "Goodbye, My Brother," "The Country Husband," "The Five-Forty-Eight" and "The Swimmer." It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1979; the paperback version won the American Book Award for Fiction in 1981.

Stories included in the collection

  • "Goodbye, My Brother"
  • "The Common Day"
  • "The Enormous Radio"
  • "O City of Broken Dreams"
  • "The Hartleys"
  • "The Sutton Place Story"
  • "The Summer Farmer"
  • "Torch Song"
  • "The Pot of Gold"
  • "Clancy in the Tower of Babel"
  • "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor"
  • "The Season of Divorce"
  • "The Chaste Clarissa"
  • "The Cure"
  • "The Superintendent"
  • "The Children"
  • "The Sorrows of Gin"
  • "O Youth and Beauty!"
  • "The Day the Pig Fell into the Well"
  • "The Five-Forty-Eight"
  • "Just One More Time"
  • "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill"
  • "The Bus to St. James's"
  • "The Worm in the Apple"
  • "The Trouble of Marcie Flint"
  • "The Bella Lingua"
  • "The Wrysons"
  • "The Country Husband"
  • "The Duchess"
  • "The Scarlet Moving Van"
  • "Just Tell Me Who It Was"
  • "Brimmer"
  • "The Golden Age"
  • "The Lowboy"
  • "The Music Teacher"
  • "A Woman Without a Country"
  • "The Death of Justina"
  • "Clementina"
  • "Boy in Rome"
  • "A Miscellany of Characters That Will Not Appear"
  • "The Chimera"
  • "The Seaside Houses"
  • "The Angel of the Bridge"
  • "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow"
  • "A Vision of the World"
  • "Reunion"
  • "An Educated American Woman"
  • "Metamorphoses"
  • "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin"
  • "Montraldo"
  • "The Ocean"
  • "Marito in Città"
  • "The Geometry of Love"
  • "The Swimmer"
  • "The World of Apples"
  • "Another Story''
  • "Percy"
  • "The Forth Alarm"
  • "Artemis, the Honest Well Digger"
  • "Three Stories"
  • "The Jewels of the Cabots"

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