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The Stories of John Cheever

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Awards

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

Staff Pick

"I finished ['The Swimmer'] remarkably satisfied, but piqued, and randomly began to consume the stories one after another. This collection contains pieces spanning more than thirty years of Cheever's career. He writes old-fashioned stories with dateless appeal covering themes of water, light, morality, industry and failure, romantic love and sadness."
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

When The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize.  In the years since, it has become a classic.  Vintage Books is proud to reintroduce this magnificent collection.

Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle 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," Cheever tells us everything we need to know about "the pain and sweetness of life."

Review:

"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

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"Not merely the publishing event of the 'season' but a grand occasion in English literature." The New York Times

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"One of the most important bodies of work in contemporary letters." Time

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"The Stories of John Cheever is master storytelling." Los Angeles Times

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"John Cheever is a magnificent storyteller and this is a powerful and dazzling book." The New Republic

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"The Stories of John Cheever is a book that immediately takes its place on the rather small shelf that houses the classics of American literature, a book that moves Cheever beyond the bestseller lists and into the company of Hawthorne and Fitzgerald, Melville and Faulkner, Crane and James. I think it safe to say that this is a great book." The Miami Herald

About the Author

Shortly before his death in 1982, John Cheever was awarded the National Medal for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Table of Contents

Preface

Goodbye, My Brother

The Common Day

The Enormous Radio

O City of Broken Dreams

The Hartleys

The Sutton Place Story

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 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 Trouble of Marcie Flint

The Bella Lingua

The Wrysons

The Country Husband

The Duchess

The Scarlet Moving Van

Just Tell Me Who It Was

Brimmer

The Golden Age

The Lowboy

The Music Teacher

A Woman Without a Country

The Death of Justina

Clementina

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 Gold Widow

A Vision of the World

Reunion

An Educated American Woman

Metamorphoses

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

Montraldo

The Ocean

Marito in Città

The Geometry of Love

The Swimmer

The World of Apples

Another Story

Percy

The Fourth Alarm

Artemis, the Honest Well Digger

Three Stories

The Jewel of the Cabots

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lukas, June 19, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"Oh, those suburban Sunday nights. Those Sunday-night blues!"
While John Cheever wrote some acclaimed novels, especially the two Wapshot books, his reputation rests on his generally excellent short stories. Like Updike, Yates, and John O'Hara, Cheever mapped out the emotional territory of usually white, upper-middle class men and women living in the suburbs, quietly watching their lives slip away, drinking too much, and having sad affairs. "Mad Men" definitely draws from this rich vein of American lit. With characters traveling to Rome, vacationing in the Hamptons, and having maids, his stories do have a whiff of East coast patrician privilege, but it's a minor complaint. "The Swimmer" remains one of his best and one of the best short stories of the 20th century.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375724428
Author:
Cheever, John
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
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Subject:
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
new ser., no. 51 =
Publication Date:
May 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
7.98x5.25x1.32 in. 1.09 lbs.

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Product details 704 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375724428 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"I finished ['The Swimmer'] remarkably satisfied, but piqued, and randomly began to consume the stories one after another. This collection contains pieces spanning more than thirty years of Cheever's career. He writes old-fashioned stories with dateless appeal covering themes of water, light, morality, industry and failure, romantic love and sadness."

"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Not merely the publishing event of the 'season' but a grand occasion in English literature."
"Review" by , "One of the most important bodies of work in contemporary letters."
"Review" by , "The Stories of John Cheever is master storytelling."
"Review" by , "John Cheever is a magnificent storyteller and this is a powerful and dazzling book."
"Review" by , "The Stories of John Cheever is a book that immediately takes its place on the rather small shelf that houses the classics of American literature, a book that moves Cheever beyond the bestseller lists and into the company of Hawthorne and Fitzgerald, Melville and Faulkner, Crane and James. I think it safe to say that this is a great book."
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