John William Cheever (May 27, 1912 – June 18, 1982) was an American novelist and short story writer. He is sometimes called "the Chekhov of the suburbs." His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Westchester suburbs, old New England villages based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was born, and Italy, especially Rome. He is "now recognized as one of the most important short fiction writers of the 20th century." While Cheever is perhaps best remembered for his short stories (including "The Enormous Radio," "Goodbye, My Brother," "The Five-Forty-Eight," "The Country Husband," and "The Swimmer"), he also wrote four novels, comprising The Wapshot Chronicle (National Book Award, 1958), The Wapshot Scandal (William Dean Howells Medal, 1965), Bullet Park (1969), Falconer (1977) and a novella Oh What a Paradise It Seems (1982).
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... The Stories of John Cheever is a 1978 short story collection by American author John Cheever ...
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... The Letters of John Cheever (Simon Schuster Adult, 2009) Synopsis—John Cheever, father of Benjamin Cheever, was a novelist, short-story and winner of a Pulitzer Prize and ... John Cheever wrote letters to famous writers, family, friends, and lovers ... These letters show John Cheever's development as a writer and a man ...
... Award nominations, including nominations for Close and John Lithgow ... in the Pulitzer Jury Committee report, along with The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever ... The award was given to The Stories of John Cheever ...
... the front page of The New York Times Book Review "John Cheever's short stories are and will remain lovely birds.. ... But in the gluey atmosphere of Bullet Park no birds sing." Cheever's alcoholic depression deepened, and in May he resumed psychiatric treatment (which again proved fruitless) ... On May 12, 1973, Cheever awoke coughing uncontrollably, and learned at the hospital that he had almost died from pulmonary edema caused by alcoholism ...
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“I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.”
—John Cheever (19121982)
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Were it not mingled with one foul infection!
I mean, so proud a heart, so curst a tongue,
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