Collected Stories and Other Writings

Cheever, John (Book - 2009)
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John Cheever's stories rank among the finest achievements of 20th-century short fiction. Ensnared by the trappings of affluence, adrift in the emptiness of American prosperity, his characters find themselves in the midst of dramas that, however comic, pose profound questions about conformity and class, pleasure and propriety, and the conduct and meaning of an individual life. At the same time, the stories reveal their author to be a master whose prose is at once precise and sensuous, in which a shrewd eye for social detail is paired with a lyric sensitivity to the world at large. The constants that I look for, he wrote in the preface to The Stories of John Cheever, are a love of light and a determination to trace some moral chain of being.
By the late 1940s Cheever had come into his own as a writer, achieving a breakthrough in 1947 with the Kafkaesque tale "The Enormous Radio." It was soon followed by works of startling fluency and power, such as the unsettling Torch Song, with its suggestion of menace and the uncanny, as well as the searing, beautiful treatment of fraternal conflict, "Goodbye, My Brother." Finally, when Cheever and his family moved to Westchester County in the 1950s, he began writing about the disappointments of postwar suburbia in such definitive classics as "The Sorrows of Gin," "The Five-Forty-Eight," "The Country Husband," and "The Swimmer."
This volume, published to coincide with Blake Bailey's groundbreaking biography, is the largest collection of Cheever's stories ever published, and celebrates his indelible achievement by gathering the complete Stories of John Cheever (1978), as well as seven stories from The Way Some People Live and seven additional stories first published in periodicals between 1930 and 1953. Also included are several short essays on writers and writing, including a previously unpublished speech on Saul Bellow.

Authors: Cheever, John
Statement of Responsibility: John Cheever
Uniform Title: Selections 2009
Title: Collected stories and other writings
Publisher: New York : Library of America, c2009
Characteristics: 1040 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: "Blake Bailey wrote the chronology and notes for this volume."
Contents: Goodbye, my brother
The common day
The enormous radio
O city of broken dreams
The Hartleys
The Sutton Place story
The summer farmer
Torch song
The pot of gold
Clancy in the Tower of Babel
Christmas is a sad season for the poor
The season of divorce
The chaste Clarissa
The cure
The superintendent
The children
The sorrows of gin
O youth and beauty!
The day the pig fell into the well
The five-forty-eight
Just one more time
The housebreaker of Shady Hill
The bus to St. James's
The worm in the apple
The trouble of Marcie Flint
The bella lingua
The Wrysons
The country husband
The duchess
The scarlet moving van
Just tell me who it was
The golden age
The lowboy
The music teacher
A woman without a country
The death of Justina
Boy in Rome
A miscellany of characters that will not appear
The chimera
The seaside houses
The angel of the bridge
The brigadier and the golf widow
A vision of the world
An educated American woman
Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin
The ocean
Marito in città
The geometry of love
The swimmer
The world of apples
Another story
The fourth alarm
Artemis, the honest well-digger
Three stories
The jewels of the Cabots
Summer theatre
Forever hold your peace
Of love: a testimony
The brothers
Publick house
When grandmother goes
These tragic years
The autobiography of a drummer
In passing
Play a march
Town house
The national pastime
What happened
Moving out
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The melancholy of distance
On Saul Bellow
Why I write short stories
My friend, Malcolm Cowley
Subject Headings: Short stories, American
Topical Term: Short stories, American
Additional Contributors: Bailey, Blake 1963-
ISBN: 9781598530346
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Research Call Number: *R-RMRR PS 221 .A4 2009
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