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John Cheever
(1912-1982) born on
May 27
US short-story writer, novelist. His work described, often through fantasy and ironic comedy, the life, manners, and morals of middle-class, suburban America.
         
   
F
Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.

R
People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
A
The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.
N
Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
K
I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss you can't do it alone.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Entry in his journal before his last public appearance, the ceremony at which he received the National Medal for Literature, quoted by Susan Cheever in "Home before Dark," 1984.
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: Accepting the Edward MacDowell Medal, 8 Sep 1979.
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: In "Christian Science Monitor," 24 Oct 1979.
   


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