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John Cheever's letters offer a tantalising glimpse into the life of a writer. They include correspondence with his contemporaries, such as Philip Roth, John Updike and Saul Bellow, his days as a young, aspiring writer and his battles with bisexuality and alcoholism. In this collection, edited by his son Benjamin Cheever, we see how his private correspondence was as extraor ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 5th 2009 by Vintage Classics (first published 1988)
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I come from a long line of secret-keepers, of shredders, of thrower-awayers. At 35 I don't know much about my family, other than what has been chosen by individuals to share with me, and that's not a lot. In college, I chose to incorporate the history of my family (both sides) into fiction and poetry as my final project, and while I began an annual tradition of spending a few days in the summer with my dad's parents, I still managed to not find out a whole lot. I'd ask questions and would be met ...more
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John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called "the Chekhov of the suburbs" or "the Ovid of Ossining." His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the suburbs of Westchester, New York, and old New England villages based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was born.

His main themes include the duality of human nature:
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