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The Wapshot Chronicle (Perennial Classics)

John Cheever


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Paperback (2/2/2021)
Paperback (9/1/1992)
MP3 CD (8/11/2015)
Paperback (11/1/1998)
MP3 CD (3/26/2010)
MP3 CD (3/26/2010)
Compact Disc (3/26/2010)
Compact Disc (3/26/2010)


When The Wapshot Chronicle was published in 1957, John Cheever was already recognized as a writer of superb short stories. But The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the 1958 National Book Award, established him as a major novelist.

Based in part on Cheever's adolescence in New England, the novel follows the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village. Here are the stories of Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the tradition of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.

Harper Perennial, 9780060528874, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2011