John Cheever


Born
in Quincy, Massachusetts, The United States
May 27, 1912

Died
June 18, 1982

Genre

Influences


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: sometimes dramatized as the disparity between a character's decorous social persona and inner corruption, and sometimes as a conflict between two characters (often brothers) who embody the salient aspects of both--light and dark, flesh and spirit. Many of his works also express a nostalgia for a vanishing way of life, characterized by
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Average rating: 3.97 · 44,004 ratings · 3,018 reviews · 166 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Stories of John Cheever

4.27 avg rating — 13,683 ratings — published 1978 — 44 editions
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Falconer

3.66 avg rating — 7,142 ratings — published 1977 — 59 editions
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The Wapshot Chronicle

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3.77 avg rating — 6,581 ratings — published 1957 — 59 editions
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The Swimmer

4.03 avg rating — 2,450 ratings — published 1964 — 17 editions
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Bullet Park

3.77 avg rating — 2,103 ratings — published 1967 — 47 editions
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Oh What a Paradise It Seems

3.49 avg rating — 1,175 ratings — published 1977 — 7 editions
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The Wapshot Scandal

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3.77 avg rating — 746 ratings — published 1964 — 27 editions
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The Journals of John Cheever

4.22 avg rating — 607 ratings — published 1990 — 22 editions
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The Enormous Radio

4.06 avg rating — 466 ratings — published 1953 — 9 editions
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Reunion

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3.61 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 1962 — 3 editions
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“I've been homesick for countries I've never been, and longed to be where I couldn't be.”
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