John Cheever (1912-1982)

A selective list of online literary criticism for American novelist and short story writer John Cheever, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & literary criticism

Updike, John. "Basically Decent." Novelist John Updike reviews a big biography of John Cheever, Blake Bailey's Cheever: A Life (Knopf 2009). The New Yorker 9 March 2009.

"Interview: John Cheever." The Paris Review 62 (1976).

National Book Award Classics: John Cheever: The Wapshot Chronicle. On Cheever as a classic American author, By Neil Baldwin. National Book Foundation.

Allen, William Rodney. "Allusions to The Great Gatsby in John Cheever's 'The Swimmer.'" Studies in Short Fiction 26, 3 (Summer 1989) pp 289-93 [subscription service].

Blythe, Hal and Charlie Sweet. "Cheever's Dark Knight of the Soul: The Failed Quest of Neddy Merrill" [on "The Swimmer"]. Studies in Short Fiction 29, 3 (Summer 1992) pp 347-52 [subscription service].

Colford, Ian. "John Cheever's Ascendant Voice: The Enormous Radio and Other Stories." Antigonish Review [archived, no date].

Mathews, Peter. "A Farewell to Goodbyes: Reconciling the Past in Cheever's 'Goodbye, My Brother.'" Journal of the Short Story in English 43 (Autumn 2004) pp 107-20.

Raney, David. "What We Keep: Time and Balance in the Brother Stories of John Cheever." Journal of the Short Story in English 37 (Autumn 2001).

Wood, Ralph C. "The Modest and Charitable Humanism of John Cheever." Christian Century 17 November 1982.


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