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
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.