John Chiver

John Chiver

American writer
Date of Birth: 27.05.1912
Country: USA

  1. American Writer
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Novels and Awards
  4. Death and Legacy

American Writer

John Cheever was an American writer. His early novels portrayed a mythical pastoral world of New England, from which he emerged, and its slow destruction under the influence of new values. His later works focused on suburban life and its troubles.

Early Life and Career

Cheever graduated from Thayer Academy in South Braintree. In 1935, he published his first story, "The Brooklyn Rooming House," in the magazine "The New Yorker," with which he collaborated throughout his life, publishing over 120 works in it. His collections of stories include "The Way Some People Live" (1943), "The Enormous Radio" (1953), "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill" (1958), "Some People, Places, and Things That Will Not Appear in My Next Novel" (1961), "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow" (1964), "The World of Apples" (1973), and "The Stories of John Cheever" (1978; Pulitzer Prize, 1979).

Novels and Awards

In 1958, Cheever became the recipient of the National Book Award for his first novel, "The Wapshot Chronicle" (1957). Its sequel, "The Wapshot Scandal," was published in 1964. Cheever is also the author of the novels "Bullet Park" (1969), "Falconer" (1977), and "Oh What a Paradise It Seems" (1982).

Death and Legacy

John Cheever passed away on June 18, 1982, in Ossining, New York. His works demonstrate remarkable observation skills and the power of creative imagination. The main theme of his books is the loneliness of individuals, whose motivations often conflict with societal order. Although these motifs are most vividly portrayed in Cheever's stories about the suburbs of New England, where the loss of harmony in past years is seen as a prelude to the alienation of modern social life, the theme of freedom restriction is already present in seemingly untouched novels about the Wapshots. Like J.D. Salinger, who praises the fading community of people embracing Protestant values, Cheever's artistic world is built on motifs of escape and return.