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"The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable." -- John Cheever
John William Cheever (May 27, 1912 – June 18, 1982) was an American novelist and short story writer. 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 a number of novels, such as The Wapshot Chronicle (National Book Award, 1958), The Wapshot Scandal (William Dean Howells Medal, 1965), Bullet Park (1969), and Falconer (1977).

His main themes include the duality of human nature: sometimes dramatized as the disparity between a character's decorous social persona and inner corruption, and sometimes as a conflict between two characters (often brothers) who embody the salient aspects of both — light and dark, flesh and spirit. Many of his works also express a nostalgia for a vanishing way of life (as evoked by the mythical St. Botolphs in the Wapshot novels), characterized by abiding cultural traditions and a profound sense of community, as opposed to the alienating nomadism of modern suburbia.

A compilation of his short stories, The Stories of John Cheever, won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. On April 27, 1982, six weeks before his death, Cheever was awarded the National Medal for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been included in the Library of America.

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Total Books: 176
The Wapshot Scandal
2003 - The Wapshot Scandal [Perennial Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780060528881
ISBN-10: 0060528885
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Substores
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Bullet Park
1992 - Bullet Park [Vintage International] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679737872
ISBN-10: 0679737871
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Falconer
1992 - Falconer (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679737865
ISBN-10: 0679737863
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 10

Bullet Park
1978 - Bullet Park (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345273017
ISBN-10: 034527301X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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