John Cheever : a biography

by Donaldson, Scott, 1928-

Format: Print Book 2001
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3505.H6428 Z64 2001x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3505.H6428 Z64 2001x
¡-a biography of great immediacy¡-there are many sections of great poignancy, many funny things, many of electric intimacy and candor¡-there is spellbinding power, never more so than in describing Cheever¡_s death, pages that are both terrible and deeply moving; one is losing an old, beloved friend. ¡ª James Salter, Los Angeles Times Book Review

¡°John Cheever: A Biography¡± is clearly an indispensable book¡-Donaldson moves gracefully from the personal to the literary¡-solidly researched and entirely readable, admiring of the writer and knowing about the man. Stuffed with fascinating anecdotes¡-It¡_s a gut-wrenching story. Donaldson tells it straight, without embellishment, and our attention never strays. ¡ª Dan Cryer, Newsday

¡°A coup of investigative reporting¡-¡± ¡ª Publishers Weekly

¡°¡-both erudite and earthly¡-What emerges is a rich tapestry that gives the reader extraordinary insight into the workings of a master storyteller¡_s mind. ¡ª Jean Graham, New York Daily News

¡°John Cheever: A Biography¡± by Scott Donaldson is as readable and ¡°unputdownable¡± as any thriller¡- ¡ª T. Coraghessan Boyle

A revelation¡-What a triumph. ¡ª Frederick Exley

Donaldson has set a high standard that other biographers will find difficult to equal. ¡ª John Blades, Chicago Tribune

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Although a chronicler of suburbia, Cheever left New York City to live in Westchester County with great reluctance and only when forced either to purchase his apartment or give it up. His early stories portray the loveless lives of lunch-cart workers, stripteasers and sailors. In later years, the comfortably upper-middle-class novelist grew sickened with modern life's rootlessness and materialism. Donaldson, biographer of Fitzgerald and Hemingway, has achieved a coup of investigative reporting in this first in-depth biography of the writer. A troubled adolescent who felt unloved and guilty over his bisexuality, Cheever made love the central concern of his fiction. Donaldson delves into the writer's deteriorating marriage, his alcoholism, persistent phobias and self-disgust, his affairs with actress Hope Lange and composer Ned Rorem, blending in sensitive appraisals of the short stories and novels. Cheever's implicit belief that women and men are basically irreconcilable is analyzed in the context of his relationship to a dominant mother and a weak father who failed in business. Photos not seen by PW. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cheever, John.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Publisher Lincoln, NE :IUniverse,2001
Edition Authors Guild ed.
Language English
Description x, 416 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [365]-401) and index.
ISBN 0595211380
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