The Stories of John Cheever (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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The Stories of John Cheever (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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This was given to me as a gift from my freshman year roommate's dad upon my first visit to New York. It was a homework assignment to figure out why the mid-west and the east coast feel culturally different. It worked. Cheever subverts the "slice of Life" style of short story telling into shorts work of complex explorations of human nature, social personas and conflicted morality. 

— From Chloe

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A seminal collection from one of the true masters of the short story. Spanning the duration of Cheever’s long and distinguished career, these sixty-one stories chronicle and encapsulate the lives of what has been called “the greatest generation.”

From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in “The Enormous Radio” to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in “The Housebreaker of Shady Hill” and “The Swimmer,” these are tales that have helped define the form. Featuring a preface by the Pulizter Prize-winning author, The Stories of John Cheever brings together some of the finest short stories ever written. 

"Cheever’s crowning achievement is the ability to be simultaneously generous and cynical, to see that the absurd and the profound can reside in the same moment, and to acknowledge both at the detriment of neither." —The Guardian
John Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912. He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. His first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle, won the 1958 National Book Award. In 1965 he received the Howells Medal for Fiction from the National Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1978 The Stories of John Cheever won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Shortly before his death in 1982, he was awarded the National Medal for Literature from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Product Details ISBN: 9780375724428
ISBN-10: 0375724427
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 16th, 2000
Pages: 704
Language: English
Series: Vintage International
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"Profound and daring.... Some of the most wonderful stories any American has written." —The Boston Globe

"John Cheever is an enchanted realist, and his voice, in his luminous short stories ... is as rich and distinctive as any of the leading voices of postwar American literature." —Philip Roth

"As stories go, as compellingly readable narratives of a certain sort of people in a certain time and place—our time and place—John Cheever’s stories are, simply, the best." —The Washington Post

"A grand occasion in English literature." —The New York Times

"Cheever’s crowning achievement is the ability to be simultaneously generous and cynical, to see that the absurd and the profound can reside in the same moment, and to acknowledge both at the detriment of neither." —The Guardian