Search Results: "John Cheever"


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JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

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JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

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THE JOURNALS OF JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 1991

"More so than his letters, these journals remind us that Cheever has earned his place among the modern masters."
New Yorker editor Robert Gottlieb, in consultation with the Cheever family, here adds to the six excerpts from Cheever's journals that originally ran in the magazine. Read full book review >

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THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1978

"But, if those earlier collections are not within reach, this mamoth grouping of small, polished pleasures is a luxurious necessity."
Sixty-one stories which—notwithstanding Cheever's four novels from The Wapshot Chronicle to Falconer—are the rock formation upon which his reputation truly rests. Read full book review >

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CHEEVER by Blake Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2009

"Superb work that shows Cheever wrestling with dark angels, but wresting from those encounters some celestial prose."
A comprehensive treatment of the tormented but artful life of one of fiction's modern masters. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"An almost unbelievable—though not unfamiliar'story of a literary enterprise quashed by money and 'the law.'"
A lawyerly avalanche befalls a well-intentioned small press, Academy Chicago Publishers, for its attempt to issue The Uncollected Stories of John Cheever. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD OF APPLES by John Cheever
Released: May 1, 1973

"Cheerer story a rara avis — a bird that can fly on one wing if necessary."
It would be hard to think of a more casual or disarming writer than John Cheerer whose stories — this is his first collection in nine years — begin with those marvelously underhanded first lines: "The subject today will be the metaphysics of obesity, and I am the belly of a man named Lawrence Farnsworth" or "Reminiscence, along with the cheese boards and ugly pottery sometimes given to brides, seems to have a manifest destiny with the sea." Read full book review >

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THIRTEEN UNCOLLECTED STORIES by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"At best, middle-brow fiction in the O'Hara-Cozzens mold."
After years of litigation between the publisher and Cheever's estate, this collection of 13 stories now in the public domain proves something of a disappointment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An education in empathy as well as a reality check."
Putting down his pen and taking a series of jobs in the tag end of the service economy, novelist Cheever (Famous After Death, 1999, etc.) finds a host of sad and funny stories. Read full book review >

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Released: March 23, 1953

"If there is no point of satiation for the short story reader, this is for the selective."
Civilized humanity, not at its best, is seen with a sensivity to discord and a feeling for contemporary conflict in these 14 stories collected from the New Yorker. Read full book review >

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OH WHAT A PARADISE IT SEEMS by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 1982

"And, however flawed the overall composition here, Cheever readers will probably feel, quite rightly, that such genuine morsels of joyful art are too precious to pass up."
Question: when are three or four John Cheever stories less welcome than one? Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 1961

"As before, Cheever remains — for many — a challenge."
A collection of nine episodes, ranging from the stinging to the bleak, and including a Mllany of Characters TWNAIMN, comes from Esquire and The New Yorker and emphasize, once more, Cheever's ability to underline modern chaos, sometimes with terror, sometimes with pity. Read full book review >