The Enormous Radio and Other Stories

New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1953.

Price: $750.00

Hardcover. First edition. Lacks front fly, overall light wear on the boards, a good or better copy lacking the dustwrapper. John Cheever's own copy Signed by him on the half-title: "John Cheever / Scarborough, N.Y." Cheever's second book, a collection of stories that all appeared in *The New Yorker.* Three of the stories have penciled check marks on the contents page in an unknown hand but likely Cheever's own: *The Enormous Radio, Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor,* and *The Sutton Place Story.*.

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The Enormous Radio and Other Stories. John CHEEVER.

John Cheever
birth name: John Cheever
born: 5/27/1912
died: 6/18/1982
nationality: USA

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American short-story writer and novelist whose work described, often through fantasy and ironic comedy, the life, manners, and morals of middle-class, suburban America. He is noted for his clear and elegant prose and his careful fashioning of incidents and anecdotes.more

Collecting tips:

Cheever is a wonderful short story writer, and his Wapshot novels are excellent, but he seems to have fallen out of favor of late (which by the way, isn't necessarily a bad thing if you are looking to collect an author's books). He was apparently not enamored of his first book, a collection of stories The Way Some People Live (1943) and he didn't allow it to be reprinted -- conveniently, at that time, anyway, no one wanted to reprint it. Printed in relatively small numbers during wartime, pretty much insured that fine copies would not grow on trees, and they don't. Cheever's family objected to some elements of the planned publication of The Uncollected Stories of John Cheever 1930-1981 and publication was suppressed. The uncorrected proof was the only complete version that saw the light of day, and commands a premium.

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