The Stories of John Cheever Themes & Social Concerns

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The Stories of John Cheever brings together material from five earlier collections in addition to four previously uncollected stories initially appearing in the New Yorker. The stories are chronologically arranged, covering the years from 1947 to 1978, and together demonstrate Cheever's gift to enlist the people, places, and objects of modern society for the purposes of art.

Cheever first gained notoriety as a short story writer and despite sojourns into the novel continued to nurture his craft throughout his career. With stories such as "The Enormous Radio," "Torch Song," and "The Pot of Gold," Cheever early established a reputation for utilizing an urban setting to explore the lives and loves of city dwellers filtering in and out of mostly fashionable East Side apartment houses. However, within the best of these early stories, Cheever began to introduce thematic concerns that would define his fiction throughout his career. One such theme...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Stories of John Cheever from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.