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The Wapshot Chronicle
John Cheever
0060528877
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description

When The Wapshot Chronicle was published in 1957, John Cheever was already recognized as a writer of superb short stories. But The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the 1958 National Book Award, established him as a major novelist.

Based in part on Cheever's adolescence in New England, the novel follows the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village. Here are the stories of Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses' adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the tradition of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.

The...



Gotham Writers' Workshop Fiction Gallery
Gotham Writers' Workshop
1582344620
August 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–Arranged by themes, the stories in this terrific collection can be read both for enjoyment and for literary merit. They were written by established as well as recently published authors and include works by Anton Chekhov and Myla Goldberg. Topics range from crimes of passion to the humdrum of everyday life, and the tales' brevity and cutting-edge themes will appeal to busy students. Many of the pieces deal with contemporary issues like one-night stands (Pam Houston's "Sometimes You Talk about Idaho"), cheating (Ethan Canin's "The Palace Thief"), world destruction (T.C. Boyle's "After the Plague"), intolerance (Z.Z. Packer's "Brownies"), and the impersonal workplace (Daniel Orozco's "Orientation"). Each story is captivating; some are shocking. The selections are great examples of how...


The Wapshot Scandal
John Cheever
0060528885
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description

In this simultaneously hilarious and poignant companion volume to The Wapshot Chronicle, the members of the Wapshot family of St. Botolphs drift far from their New England village into the demented caprices of the mighty, the bad graces of the IRS, and the humiliating abyss of adulterous passion.

A novel of large and tender vision, The Wapshot Scandal is filled with pungent characters and outrageous twists of fate, and, above all, with Cheever's luminous compassion for all his hapless fellow prisoners of human nature.

From the Publisher
7 1.5-hour cassettes --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Christmas at the New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art
The New Yorker (Editor)
0812970845
October 2005
Paperback
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From Booklist
Christmas. Whether they love it or hate it, remember it fondly or shudder at the thought, readers are sure to find a kindred spirit wrapped up among the pages of this premiere holiday collection, part of the esteemed magazine's popular anthology series. Culled from the past 75 years, fiction, poetry, and memoir explore this most celebrated of holidays in all its guises. Gathering a merry cast of regular contributors, the list of notable authors and artists is as lengthy as the wish list of a starry-eyed five-year-old sitting on Santa's knee. From Alice Munro's poignant "The Turkey Season" to John O'Hara's urbane "Christmas Poem," the cream of the literary crop is represented. Strewn throughout are samples of favorite magazine features as well as its incomparable cartoons and signature covers. On Thurber and Trillin! On...


The John Cheever Audio Collection
John Cheever
0060554835
June 2003
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
This remarkable treat for lovers of audio books is as tastefully and elegantly packaged as it is performed by a first-class lineup of narrators. The tone is set by Benjamin Cheever, who reads his father's preface to The Stories of John Cheever. The 12 selections here are culled from that landmark volume, and, while there is bound to be disappointment that one story or another was not selected, there is nothing disappointing about any of the readings offered here. In fact, they are exceptional, from Streep's perfect portrayal of marital tension and denial in "The Enormous Radio" to Peter Gallagher's zestful take on "O Youth and Beauty!" and Blythe Danner's spot-on tone for the pathetically sad ending of "The Chaste Clarissa." And while it may seem that no one's voice is better suited to read these tales of...


Essential Cheever CD
John Cheever
0061126462
Aug 2006
Audio Compact Disc - Abridged
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The Critical Response to John Cheever
Francis J. Bosha
0313283559
Nov 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
Bosha collects major, representative criticism of John Cheever's fiction, and his posthumously published Letters and Journals, from the earliest reviews of 1943, through to the present. The volume provides a clear and comprehensive assessment of Cheever's critical reputation both during his lifetime, as each of his books was published and reviewed, and retrospectively, by academics and literary historians who have sought to place Cheever's work in a larger literary context. In addition to several new essays written specifically for this volume, this book publishes, for the first time, a long interview which John Cheever gave less than a year before his death. This interview, according to Prof. Robert G. Collins, who conducted it, "is almost certainly the last to be publicly heard." The book begins with a critical...


Hazards of Good Breeding
Jessica Shattuck
0393324834
March 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Shattuck's debut novel is a social comedy, with flashes of darker import, about an upper-crust Boston suburban family forced to come to terms with the pressures of contemporary life and the ways in which they succeed, or more frequently fail. Patriarch Jack Dunlap is a rigid, seemingly puritanical businessman whose stern eccentricities have driven his wife, Faith, out of the house and into a state of nervous exhaustion. Daughter Caroline, made of sterner stuff, is trying to get used to the family weirdness again after graduating from college and returning home to decide what to do with her life-which will probably not include continuing to see an old beau, pot-smoking Rock. Her little brother, Eliot, is attempting to come to terms with the loss of his beloved Colombian babysitter, Rosita, fired under mysterious...


The Stories of John Cheever
John Cheever
0375724427
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Think of John Cheever's fiction, and a whole world springs to mind--a world of leafy suburbs, summer houses, commuter trains, boarding schools, and inevitably, his own chosen territory, the cocktail hour among WASPs. But it's a mistake to approach Cheever as if he were merely some sort of anthropologist documenting the customs of an obscure and vanishing tribe. Nostalgia and class issues aside, his true subject is the darkness hidden beneath the surface of postwar American life. A case in point is his famous story "The Swimmer," in which an ebullient Neddy Merrill decides to swim home across the backyard pools of his neighbors. In the course of his journey, however, summer gives way to autumn, his neighbors turn against him, there are troubling intimations of disgrace and financial ruin, and he arrives to find his...


Christmas at the New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art
The New Yorker
1400063418
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Christmas. Whether they love it or hate it, remember it fondly or shudder at the thought, readers are sure to find a kindred spirit wrapped up among the pages of this premiere holiday collection, part of the esteemed magazine's popular anthology series. Culled from the past 75 years, fiction, poetry, and memoir explore this most celebrated of holidays in all its guises. Gathering a merry cast of regular contributors, the list of notable authors and artists is as lengthy as the wish list of a starry-eyed five-year-old sitting on Santa's knee. From Alice Munro's poignant "The Turkey Season" to John O'Hara's urbane "Christmas Poem," the cream of the literary crop is represented. Strewn throughout are samples of favorite magazine features as well as its incomparable cartoons and signature covers. On Thurber and Trillin! On...


The Stories of John Cheever
John Cheever
0394500873
Oct 1978
Hardcover
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Book Review
Think of John Cheever's fiction, and a whole world springs to mind--a world of leafy suburbs, summer houses, commuter trains, boarding schools, and inevitably, his own chosen territory, the cocktail hour among WASPs. But it's a mistake to approach Cheever as if he were merely some sort of anthropologist documenting the customs of an obscure and vanishing tribe. Nostalgia and class issues aside, his true subject is the darkness hidden beneath the surface of postwar American life. A case in point is his famous story "The Swimmer," in which an ebullient Neddy Merrill decides to swim home across the backyard pools of his neighbors. In the course of his journey, however, summer gives way to autumn, his neighbors turn against him, there are troubling intimations of disgrace and financial ruin, and he arrives to find his...


John Cheever
Scott Donaldson
0595211380
Dec 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Although a chronicler of suburbia, Cheever left New York City to live in Westchester County with great reluctance and only when forced either to purchase his apartment or give it up. His early stories portray the loveless lives of lunch-cart workers, stripteasers and sailors. In later years, the comfortably upper-middle-class novelist grew sickened with modern life's rootlessness and materialism. Donaldson, biographer of Fitzgerald and Hemingway, has achieved a coup of investigative reporting in this first in-depth biography of the writer. A troubled adolescent who felt unloved and guilty over his bisexuality, Cheever made love the central concern of his fiction. Donaldson delves into the writer's deteriorating marriage, his alcoholism, persistent phobias and self-disgust, his affairs with actress Hope Lange and...


Uncollecting Cheever: The Family of John Cheever vs. Academy Chicago Publishers
Anita Miller
0742515346
June 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The story of how little Academy Chicago Publishing (co-owned by the author and her husband, Jordan Miller) tried to publish the late John Cheever's uncollected short stories, and was blocked from doing so by Cheever's family, is now a familiar part of publishing lore (and law). But it has never been told with the exhaustive yet endlessly fascinating detail to be found here. Miller is partial, of course, but her account has the ring of truth, and there seems no doubt that Academy started out with a valid contract to do what they wanted to do, whether or not the Cheevers had intended it. As editor Franklin Dennis unearthed more and more Cheever material from the New Yorker and elsewhere and the collection became much bigger than had been anticipated, an agent was brought in, lawyers were summoned and the first of a...


Home Before Dark
Susan Cheever
0671028502
Jan 1999
Paperback
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Review
NewsweekA fine, very brave book...one of the best portraits of an American writer.
The New York Times Book ReviewIntimate, deeply felt, and often harrowing.
John UpdikeWhatever biographers and literary historians of the future make of John Cheever, their ur-text, their indespensible place of beginning will have to be Susan Cheever's beautiful book about her father.
The Washington Post Book WorldOne of the most moving and intimate books I have read in years.
The Wall Street JournalA restrained and haunting elegy.

Review
The Wall Street Journal A restrained and haunting elegy.

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Uncollecting Cheever: The Family of John Cheever vs. Academy Chicago Publishers
Anita Miller
0847690768
November 1998
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The story of how little Academy Chicago Publishing (co-owned by the author and her husband, Jordan Miller) tried to publish the late John Cheever's uncollected short stories, and was blocked from doing so by Cheever's family, is now a familiar part of publishing lore (and law). But it has never been told with the exhaustive yet endlessly fascinating detail to be found here. Miller is partial, of course, but her account has the ring of truth, and there seems no doubt that Academy started out with a valid contract to do what they wanted to do, whether or not the Cheevers had intended it. As editor Franklin Dennis unearthed more and more Cheever material from the New Yorker and elsewhere and the collection became much bigger than had been anticipated, an agent was brought in, lawyers were summoned and the first of a...


The Stories of Richard Bausch
Richard Bausch
0641660286

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Oh What a Paradise It Seems
John Cheever
0679737855
Jan 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
An old man falls violently in love and does valiant battle against unscrupulous polluters in John Cheever's ineffably joyful last novel.

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An old man falls violently in love and does valiant battle against unscrupulous polluters in John Cheever's ineffably joyful last novel.

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