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Cheever : a life

Author: Blake Bailey
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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John Cheever (1912-1982) spent much of his career impersonating a perfect suburban gentleman, the better to become one of the foremost chroniclers of postwar America. Written with unprecedented access to essential sources--including Cheever's massive journal, only a fraction of which has been published--Blake Bailey's biography reveals the troubled but strangely lovable man behind the disguises, an artist who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Cheever; John Cheever
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Blake Bailey
ISBN: 9781400043941 1400043948
OCLC Number: 232980275
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.
Description: x, 770 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Responsibility: Blake Bailey.

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John Cheever (1912-1982) spent much of his career impersonating a perfect suburban gentleman, the better to become one of the foremost chroniclers of postwar America. Written with unprecedented access to essential sources--including Cheever's massive journal, only a fraction of which has been published--Blake Bailey's biography reveals the troubled but strangely lovable man behind the disguises, an artist who delighted in the everyday radiance of the world while yearning, above all, "to be illustrious." Cheever's was a soul in conflict: a proud Yankee who flaunted his lineage while deploring the provincialism of his Massachusetts family; a high-school dropout who published his first story at eighteen; a pioneer of suburban realist fiction who continually pushed the boundaries of realism; a dire alcoholic who recovered to write the great novel Falconer; a secret bisexual who struggled with his longings and his fierce homophobia in a revolving door of self-loathing and hedonism.--From publisher description.

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