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1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever

       
 

Publisher: First published by Alfred A. Knopf

Length: 819 pages

About: Sixty-one stories of American Life

Style: 1st & 3rd person

Where: US

When: 1950-70s

 

 

Publisher’s synopsis:

Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called 'the greatest generation.' From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in 'The Enormous Radio' to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in 'The Housebreaker of Shady Hill' and 'The Swimmer,' Cheever tells us everything we need to know about 'the pain and sweetness of life.

 

 

Extract:

Then I remembered Lawrence's sensitivity to time and his sentiments and opinions about our feelings for the past. I heard him say, years ago, that we and our friends and our part of the nation, finding ourselves unable to cope with the present, had, like a wretched adult, turned back to what we supposed was a happier and simpler time, and that our taste for reconstruction and candlelight was a measure of this irremediable failure.

 

 

Reviews:

Good:

"As stories go, as compellingly readable narratives of a certain sort of people in a certain time and place - our time and place John Cheever's stories are, simply, the best."

The Washington Post


Not so good:

...Many of the stories concern the inhabitants of a fictional suburban community named Sandy Hill. The husbands of Sandy Hill ride commuter trains to New York each day whil wives and children stay at home. Family life revolves around stylish parties, summer cottages, servants and boarding schools. It seems far removed from the life of most Texans...

Paris News (Texas) 20th May1979

 

About the author

(May 27, 1912-June 18, 1982) His father was a prosperous shoe salesman, and Cheever spent much of his childhood in a large Victorian house. In the mid-twenties, however, Frederick Cheever lost most of his money and began to drink heavily. At the height of his success Cheever began a 20-year struggle with alcoholism, a problem he didn't fully admit to until his family placed him in a rehabilitation center in 1975. Earlier, in 1972, he had suffered a massive heart attack. He died of cancer in 1982.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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