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The Swimmer

I was prompted to read John Cheever’s The Swimmer when I reported on the listing of his longtime home in Ossining. His widow died in the house they called Afterwhiles in the spring; he passed away some 30 years ago. 201 more words


The Swimmer (1968)

The loneliest lonely-man movie ever made, based on what you’d think would be an unfilmable John Cheever short story: Burt Lancaster is a Connecticut family man who, apropos of nothing, appears in a neighbor’s yard and dives into the pool. 75 more words


Alcoholic Authors V

No doubt like countless others across the land I have been nursing a World Cup hangover this week. Struggling for inspiration for a blog post I have decided to the take the opportunity to return to my Alcoholic Authors series. 361 more words


Cheever's Ambivalent Americana

I’ve only just started reading Cheever’s The Wapshot Chronicle and so many descriptions in the book, of a retired New England small town, have a strange approach to their Americana evocations. 526 more words

Short Fiction: Hemingway, O'Connor, Salinger, & Cheever

A collection of my personal reactions to: In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor, Nine Stories by JD Salinger, & The Stories of John Cheever. 3,003 more words

The Stories of John Cheever

In the Stories of John Cheever, Cheever introduces his readers into a world of confused, self-conscious, delusional, corrupt, characters trying to live their lives in a New York Suburb known as Shady Hill. 1,311 more words

Cheever, Cummings, and the Biographer's Quest

John Cheever said of E. E. Cummings:

I was in doubt that I could make something of myself as a writer until I met two people who were very important to me: one was Gaston Lachaise and the other was E.

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