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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
The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.

R
I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.
A
Art is the triumph over chaos.
N
For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain [and] the noise of battle. [It] has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.
K
My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Stories of John Cheever," 1978.
R: 1955 journal entry; in "John Cheever: The Journals," "The Late Forties and the Fifties," ed.Robert Gottlieb, 1991.
A: "The Stories of John Cheever," 1978.
N: Accepting National Medal for Literature; recalled on his death 18 Jun 1982.
K: Letter, 10 May 1982, to Philip Roth concerning his cancer and its treatment; in "The Letters of John Cheever," 1989).
   


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