John Cheever

Complete Novels

By John Cheever; Blake Bailey (Editor)
Library of America, Hardcover, 9781598530353, 933pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2009

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Description
Published to coincide with editor Blake Bailey's groundbreaking new biography, here are the five novels of John Cheever, together in one volume for the first time. In these dazzling works Cheever laid bare the failings and foibles of not just the ascendant postwar elite but also the fallen Yankee aristocrats who stubbornly? and often grotesquely and hilariously?cling to their shabby gentility as the last vestige of former glory. "Complete Novels" gathers: the riotous family saga "The Wapshot Chronicle" (winner of the National Book Award) and its sequel "The Wapshot Scandal" (winner of the William Dean Howells Medal); the dark suburban drama "Bullet Park" (?a magnificent work of fiction, ? John Gardner remarked in "The New York Times Book Review"); the prison novel "Falconer," a radical departure that met with both critical and popular acclaim; and the lyrical ecological fable "Oh What a Paradise It Seems." A companion volume, " Collected Stories and Other Writings," is the largest edition of Cheever's stories ever.



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.
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