John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings (Hardcover)

Collected Stories and Other Writings

By John Cheever, Blake Bailey (Editor)

Library of America, 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 (1912-1982) was one of the most celebrated novelists and short story writers of the last century, winner of the National Book Award for his first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle (1957), and both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for The Stories of John Cheever (1978). Blake Bailey is the author of A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates. His 2009 biography of John Cheever won the National Book Critics Circle Award.