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A Week in Literary History

May 27th, 2002

In 1912, American novelist and short story writer John Cheever (The Enormous Radio and Other Stories, 1953) is born in Quincy, Mass.

John Cheever, b. May 27, 1912, d. 1982

The short story writer’s short story writer, Cheever was acknowledged as a master of the telling insight, the inheritor of Joyce’s powerful epiphanic vision. His novels stand up well, too, especially The Wapshot Chronicle. Cheever’s vision was a dark one; his posthumously published Journals reveal a life of deep sadness, often despair. His pleasures, like those of the characters in his stories, came in short bursts and then were gone.

Suggested Reading Short stories The Way Some People Live: A Book of Short Stories, 1943. The Enormous Radio and Other Stories, 1953. Stories, 1956. The Housebreaker at Shady Hill and Other Stories, 1958. The World of Apples, 1973. The Stories of John Cheever, 1978. Novels The Wapshot Chronicle, 1957. The Wapshot Scandal, 1964. Bullet Park, 1969. Falconer, 1977. Other The Journals of John Cheever, 1991.

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