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John Cheever

July 1980

John Cheever was an American writer who was a master of the sophisticated, satirical short story and the socially critical novel. He built his career on chronicling the manners of a largely Protestant upper middle class. As a close observer of the life he described, Cheever had a command of detail that gives his fiction an anthropological appeal. His novels include The Wapshot Chronicle (1957), winner of a Nation Book Award, The Wapshot Scandal (1964), Bullet Park (1969), Falconer (1977), and Oh What a Paradise It Seems (1982). The 61 short stories collected in The Stories of John Cheever (1978) won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1979. (deceased, 6/19/82)

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