Cheever

A Life

Blake Bailey

John Cheever was one of the foremost chroniclers of post-war America, a peerless writer who on his death in 1982 left some of the best short stories of the twentieth century, a number of highly acclaimed novels, and a private journal that runs to an astonishing four million words.

Cheever was a soul in conflict who hid his contradictions – alcoholism, secret bisexuality - behind the screen of genial family life in suburbia. In this luminous, definitive work, one of the most gifted biographers of his generation reveals the troubled but strangely lovable man behind these disguises, a creator of timeless fiction.

‘An instant classic’ Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year

‘Lively, funny, informative, astute, masterly. It’s impossible to imagine how anyone could have done a better job’ Blake Morrison, Guardian

‘I simply can’t imagine a better literary biography than this one’ Spectator

 

Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978033043791201
Published: 02/09/2010

Blake Bailey

Blake Bailey

Blake Bailey is the author of the highly acclaimed biography of Richard Yates, A Tragic Honesty, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the editor of John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings.

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