John Cheever

Author: John Cheever

Profile: John William Cheever better known as John Cheever was an American short story writer and novelist. He was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S. and died in Ossining, New York, U.S. He is called ‘the Chekhov of the suburbs, sometimes. Most of his fiction work is set in the Westchester suburbs, in the Upper Side of Manhattan, old villages in New England based on different South Shore towns around Quincy Massachusetts, Italy and Rome, especially.

The duality of human nature is his main theme, at times, dramatized as a conflict between two characters which are often brothers embodying aspects of both spirit and flesh and light and dark. His theme also includes human nature duality many a times dramatized as the incongruity between the character’s inner corruption and decent social persona.

Writing style: John Cheever’s genre was fiction and short story. Nostalgia for a vanishing way of life is also expressed in a number of his works characterized by an intense sense of community and abiding by cultural traditions as opposed to the modern suburbia’s estranging nomadism.

Published Texts:



1957 – The Wapshot Chronicle

1964 – The Wapshot Scandal

1969 – Bullet Park

1977 – Falconer

1982 – Oh What a Paradise It Seems

Short Story Collections

1953 – The Enormous Radio and Other Stories

1958 – The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and Other Stories

1961 – Some People, Places and Things That Will Not Appear In My Next Novel

1964 – The Brigadier and the Golf Widow

1973 – The World of Apples

1978 – The Stories of John Cheever

1994 – Fall River and Other Uncollected Stories


1988 – The Letters of John cheever

1991 – The Journals of John Cheever

2009 – Collected Stories & Other Writings

2009 – Complete Novels


1943 – The Way Some People Live


Awards and Acknowledgements:


1979 – Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

1979 – National Book Critics Circle Award

1981 – National Book Award (paperback edition of The Stories of John Cheever)

1982 – National Medal for Literature awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

John Cheever’s work has been included in the Library of America