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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
He had that spooky bass voice meant to announce that he had entered the kingdom of manhood, but Rosalie knew that he was still outside the gates.

R
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two.
A
The novel remains for me one of the few forms where we can record man's complexity and the strength and decency of his longings.
N
Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.
K
A collection of short stories is generally thought to be a horrendous clinker; an enforced courtesy for the elderly writer who wants to display the trophies of his youth, along with his trout flies.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Wapshot Chronicle," 1957.
R: 1956 journal entry; in "John Cheever: The Journals," "The Late Forties and the Fifties," ed.Robert Gottlieb, 1991.
A: Accepting National Book Award, "The Writer," Sep 1958.
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: In "The Writer's Quotation Book," by James Charlton, 1980.
   


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