The Critical response to John Cheever
|Format:||Print Book 1994|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
Bosha collects major, representative criticism of John Cheever's fiction, and his posthumously published Letters and Journals, from the earliest reviews of 1943, through to the present. The volume provides a clear and comprehensive assessment of Cheever's critical reputation both during his lifetime, as each of his books was published and reviewed, and retrospectively, by academics and literary historians who have sought to place Cheever's work in a larger literary context. In addition to several new essays written specifically for this volume, this book publishes, for the first time, a long interview which John Cheever gave less than a year before his death. This interview, according to Prof. Robert G. Collins, who conducted it, is almost certainly the last to be publicly heard. The book begins with a critical introductory essay that traces the dominant themes and patterns in Cheever criticism and comments on the critical reception of his work over the last five decades. A chronology highlights the chief events in Cheever's life and career. The chapters that follow are arranged chronologically, with each chapter devoted to one of Cheever's works. Within each chapter are selections of criticism. The book concludes with a bibliography and index.
ContentsSeries Foreword / Cameron Northouse
The Writings of John Cheever
The Way Some People Live (1943): Selected Reviews. John Cheever's Sense of Drama / Struthers Burt. New Fiction from the Atlantic to the Pacific / Rose Feld. John Cheever's Stories / Weldon Kees. Fiction in Review / Diana Trilling
The Enormous Radio and Other Stories (1953): Selected Reviews. Snapshots in the East Fifties / Taliaferro Boatwright. In Genteel Traditions / Arthur Mizener. Esthetics of the Story / William Peden
Later Criticism. Cheever's Use of Mythology in "The Enormous Radio" / Burton Kendle. "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Enormous Radio" / Henrietta Ten Harasel
The Wapshot Chronicle (1957): Selected Reviews. Yankee Gallimaufry / Carlos Baker. Out of an Abundant Love of Created Things / William Esty. End of the Line / Maxwell Geismar. John Cheever's Photograph Album / Donald Malcolm. Four Views of Love: New Fiction / David L. Stevenson
The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and Other Stories (1958): Selected Reviews. Dante of Suburbia / Richard Gilman. Cheever and Others / Granville Hicks. Realities and Fictions / Irving Howe. A Pluralistic Place / Martin Tucker
Some People, Places, and Things That Will Not Appear in My Next Novel (1961): Selected Reviews. Mr. Cheever's Sleights-of-Mood Performed with Consummate Skill / Gene Baro. A Celebration of Life / Joan Didion. Cheever's Inferno / Frank J. Warnke
The Wapshot Scandal (1964): Selected Reviews. Sugary Days in Saint Botolphs / Hilary Corke. The Way We Feel Now / Benjamin DeMott. From Christmas to Christmas
A Ramble with the Wapshots / George Greene. The Family Way / Elizabeth Hardwick. Cheever's Yankee Heritage / Cynthia Ozick
Later Criticism. Tradition and Desecration: The Wapshot Novels of John Cheever / Kenneth C. Mason
The Brigadier and the Golf Widow (1964): Selected Reviews. Where Life Is but a Dream-World / John W. Aldridge. Domestic Manners / Frederick C. Crews. Change Is Always for the Worse / David Segal
Later Criticism. John Cheever's Surreal Vision and the Bridge of Language / Wayne Stengel
Bullet Park (1969): Selected Reviews. You Wouldn't Believe It / Anatole Broyard. A Grand Gatherum of Some Late 20th-Century American Weirdos / Benjamin DeMott. America's Nomads / Louis Grant. Salvation in the Suburbs / Charles Nicol. Cheever's People: The Retreat from Chaos / Joyce Carol Oates
Later Criticism. Witchcraft in Bullet Park / John Gardner. The Resurrection of Bullet Park: John Cheever's Curative Spell / Samuel Coale
The World of Apples (1973): Selected Reviews. Victories of Happy Madness / Charles Bazerman. Cheever to Roth to Malanud / John Leonard. The World of Apples / D. Keith Mano. The World of Apples / Robert Phillips. Fiction Chronicle / William Peden
Falconer (1977): Selected Reviews. Escape Within Walls / Hope Hale Davis. Falconer / Joan Didion. Cheers for Cheever / Janet Groth. An Airy Insubstantial World / Joyce Carol Oates. Up the River / Robert Towers. Two Good Fictions / Geoffrey Wolff
Later Criticism. The Moral Structure of Cheever's Falconer / Glen M. Johnson
The Stories of John Cheever (1978): Selected Reviews. Literary Waifs / Pearl K. Bell. The Cheerless World of John Cheever / Isa Kapp. The World of TASP / Perry Meisel. Light Touch / Robert Towers
Oh What a Paradise It Seems (1982): Selected Reviews. Chance-taker / Robert M. Adams. Lonely Nomads / Ann Hulbert. Seeking Paradise / George Hunt
Later Criticism. The Optimistic Imagination: John Cheever's Oh What A Paradise It Seems / Michael Byrne
The Letters of John Cheever (1988): Selected Reviews. Grossness and Aspiration / Ann Hulbert. Our Lives Are Not Well-Told Stories / Robert Kiely
The Journals of John Cheever (1991): Selected Reviews. The Cheever Chronicle / Ted Solotaroff. Cheever on the Rocks / John Updike
Later Criticism. Tales from the Crypt(o-autobiography): A User's Guide to John Cheever's Journals / Robert A. Morace
Further Considerations Criticism. Women in the Fiction of John Cheever / Lynne M. Waldeland
Interview. Cheever's Last Tape / Robert G. Collins.
|Series||Critical responses in arts and letters ; no. 6.|
-- Criticism and interpretation
|Publisher|| Westport, Conn. :Greenwood Press,1994
Bosha, Francis J.
xlvi, 303 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -296) and index.
|ISBN||0313283559 (alk. paper)
9780313283550 (alk. paper)