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Darkness Visible.

In the first great flowering of his career, in the 1950s and '60s, John Cheever was, to all appearances, the crown prince of normality. The wife and three...

THEATER: True Minds That Don't Meet A.R.

In his 1968 Journal, John Cheever wrote, "I dream a movie in full color. It begins on a deceptively decorous note and then moves gradually into a bloody Bedouin...

Books: Grace Notes

THE LETTERS OF JOHN CHEEVER Edited by Benjamin Cheever Simon & Schuster; 397 pages; $19.95 Throughout most of his career, John Cheever labored amid the general...

Books: Inescapable Conclusions

THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever; Knopf; 693 pages; $15.95 Although fame came to him as a novelist, John Cheever has been writing and publishing...

Books: A Celebrant of Sunlight

John Cheever: 1912-1982 He died, after a long bout with cancer, just three days before the summer solstice and the principal season of his imagination. Author...

Books: A Troubled Life with Father

HOME BEFORE DARK by Susan Cheever; Houghton Mifflin; 243 pages; $15.95 John Cheever died at age 70 in 1982. Near the end of her "biographical memoir" of the...

Books: Coda

OH WHAT A PARADISE IT SEEMS by John Cheever Knopf; 100 pages; $10 This is Author John Cheever's first new book since the novel Falconer (1977). In the interim...

Novelists: Ovid in Ossining

NOVELISTS (See Cover) My mind is bent to tell of bodies changed into new forms. Ye gods, for you yourselves have wrought the changes, breathe on these my...

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