The Stories of John Cheever (Paperback)

The Stories of John Cheever (Paperback)

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Stories of John Cheever is a seminal collection from one of the true masters of the short story. Spanning the duration of John Cheever’s long and distinguished career, these sixty-one stories chronicle and encapsulate 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,” these are tales that have helped define the form. They have also echoed throughout other media, from the 1968 suburban angst movie The Swimmer through AMC's long-running Mad Men, which used Cheever's detached yet empathetic characterizations, not-quite-surreal tone, blinding reversals of fortune, and sudden eruptions of violence as guideposts.

Featuring a preface by the author, The Stories of John Cheever brings together some of the finest short stories ever written.


"Profound and daring. . . . Some of the most wonderful stories any American has written." —The Boston Globe

"John Cheever is an enchanted realist, and his voice, in his luminous short stories . . . is as rich and distinctive as any of the leading voices of postwar American literature." —Philip Roth

"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

"A grand occasion in English literature." —The New York Times

"Cheever’s crowning achievement is the ability to be simultaneously generous and cynical, to see that the absurd and the profound can reside in the same moment, and to acknowledge both at the detriment of neither." —The Guardian
  • Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (May 16, 2000)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 704 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0375724427
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0375724428
  • Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches

All copies are new.