John Cheever

(John William Cheever)

John Cheever
John Cheever
  • Born: May 27, 1912
  • Died: June 18, 1982
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer

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John William Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer. He is sometimes called "the Chekhov of the suburbs". His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Westchester suburbs, old New England villages based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was born, and Italy, especially Rome. He is "now recognized as one of the most important short fiction writers of the 20th century." While Cheever is perhaps best remembered for his short stories (including "The Enormous Radio", "Goodbye, My Brother", "The Five-Forty-Eight", "The Country Husband", and "The Swimmer"), he also wrote four novels, comprising The Wapshot Chronicle (National Book Award, 1958), The Wapshot Scandal (William Dean Howells Medal, 1965), Bullet Park (1969), Falconer (1977) and a novella Oh What a Paradise It Seems (1982).

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… literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power. Energy ;Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life. Society ;Life
Art is the triumph over chaos. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.
Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.
For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty. Power
Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time. Time
I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone.
I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.
It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong. Morning
Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
That's the way I remember them, heading for an exit.
The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness. Life ;Communication & Communications
The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.
What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say. I will say that literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power. Power
When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places. Families, Children & Parenting
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training