John Cheever

John Cheever

Collected Stories and Other Writings

By John Cheever; Blake Bailey (Editor)

Library of America, Hardcover, 9781598530346, 1040pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2009

Published to coincide with editor Blake Bailey's groundbreaking new biography, here is the definitive edition of the stories of John Cheever. Set in the tony suburbs of Westchester and Connecticut, Cheever's classic stories charted a country as recognizable and essential to American literature as Faulkner's or Hawthorne?s. ?Many people have written about suburbia, ? John Updike observed, ?only Cheever was able to make an archetypal place out of it.? "Collected Stories and Other Writings" combines the entire Pulitzer Prize?winning collection, "The Stories of John Cheever," with seven selections from his first book, "The Way Some People Live" (1943)?here restored to print?and seven additional stories first published in periodicals between 1930 and 1953. Included are masterpieces such as ?The Enormous Radio, ? ?Goodbye, My Brother, ? and ?The Swimmer, ? as well as lesser-known gems. Rounding out the volume are essays about writers and writing, including an appreciation of F. Scott Fitzgerald and an account of a visit to Chekhov's house. A companion volume, "Complete Novels," gathers Cheever's five novels in one volume for the first time.

About the Author
John Cheever, best known for his short stories dealing with upper-middle-class suburban life, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912. Cheever published his first short story at the age of seventeen. He was the recipient of a 1951 Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of a National Book Award for The Wapshot Chronicle in 1958, the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Stories of John Cheever, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an American Book Award. He died in 1982, at the age of seventy.

Blake Bailey is the author of biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson and is the authorized biographer of Philip Roth. He lives in Virginia, where he is the Mina Hohenberg Darden Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University.