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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.
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.

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two.
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.
Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.
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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