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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Cheever, John 1912-1982. American writer who depicted life in American suburbs with humor and compassion in his short stories and novels. He won a Pulitzer Prize for The Stories of John Cheever (1978).

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  • n. United States writer of novels and short stories (1912-1982)

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  • I don't think Cheever is "marginalized" (if he is) because he is a surrealist -- I'd say that the reason he does not presently occupy a more prominent place in the pantheon of American writers because he worked mostly in the short story.

    O Youth and Beauty!

  • "Cheever is often described, and sometimes close to dismissed, as the writer of his times, the historian by way of fiction of 1950s Suburban America and its discontents, as if what he was up to in his short stories was what Yates was doing in his novel Revolutionary Road."

    O Youth and Beauty!

  • Of the three Johns you mentioned, Cheever is by far the most imaginative ... perhaps that's a good thing?

    O Youth and Beauty!

  • Cheever is often described, and sometimes close to dismissed, as the writer of his times, the historian by way of fiction of 1950s Suburban America and its discontents, as if what he was up to in his short stories was what Yates was doing in his novel Revolutionary Road.

    O Youth and Beauty!

  • John Cheever is supposedly a realistic writer, and yet often in his stories bizarre things take place – bizarre things that remain unexplained.

    The Stories of John Cheever

  • I'm not sure how often Cheever is included in anthologies, but some of his stories, like The Enormous Radio and The Swimmer, seem to be very popular.

    The Stories of John Cheever

  • "The field has advanced faster because of her," says Martin Cheever, a medical oncologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.

    Olja Finn: Immunologist and Mother

  • One of the signal virtues of The Stories of John Cheever is that Cheever was among the last great American moralists.

    2007 April 15 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • And I am ready to curl up with Benjamin Cheever's The Good Nanny, which ranks up there with Little Children (Tom Perrotta; see our 6.9.2004 RDA) and The Nanny Diaries (Emma McLaughlin) as scathing social commentary on contemporary parenting and coupling and careerism and ...

    Archive 2004-11-01

  • Similarly, the characters one encounters in Cheever and Updike, with their cocktails and cigarettes and affairs, seem at once infinitely more dissolute and more adult than most of the young parents I know.

    The Wifely Duty

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