♥ Book Title : John Cheever Revisited
☯ Full Synopsis : "The St. Botolphs of Cheever's early stories and the upscale, Westchester-like towns - Shady Hill, Proxmire Manor, and Bullet Park - of his later work find their complex companions in William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County and John Updike's Rabbit's world. Cheever laid out the parameters of this creative world in his very first published story, "Expelled", which appeared in the New Republic in 1930 when Cheever was only 18. The young protagonist of this autobiographical story would be the first of many Cheever heroes to fall from what Meanor describes as "a condition of Edenic happiness and childlike innocence into the chaos and pain of adult knowledge". Moses Wapshot of Cheever's first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle (1958), Neddy Merrill of the critically acclaimed short story "The Swimmer" (1964), and even Zeke Farragut of Cheever's novel of redemption, Falconer (1977), struggle to reclaim some remnant of an earlier, lost happiness. Loneliness, fear of aging, family disintegration, alcoholic obsessiveness, sexual desperation, the threat of financial ruin, and a reliance on illusion form the dark core of Cheever's work, creative transformations of some of the themes that dominated his life. Throughout this volume Meanor distinguishes the autobiographical strains in the fiction by drawing from Cheever's documents of his struggles - especially with alcoholism and bisexuality - in The Letters of John Cheever (1988) and The Journals of John Cheever (1991). Meanor fleshes out both biblical and mythological motifs in the stories and the novels; his study is perhaps the first to treat the possible symbolic interpretations of names of characters and places so thoroughly. Burdened by a biblicalsense of shame and guilt, Cheever's characters find fleeting, life-giving moments of psychological release "in the celebratory paganism of Greek and Roman myth", Meanor writes, in love, passion, the pleasures of the body."Article| Patrick Meanor| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : John Cheever
☯ Full Synopsis : "Includes a biography of John Cheever, a plot summaries, extracts of critical essays, a bibliography of his works, and index of themes and ideas."Article| Harold Bloom| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Critical essays on John Cheever
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♥ Book Title : A Study Guide for John Cheever's "Swimmer"
☯ Full Synopsis : "A Study Guide for John Cheever's "Swimmer," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs."Article| Gale, Cengage Learning| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Undergraduate's Companion to American Writers and Their Web Sites
☯ Full Synopsis : "A state-of-the-art literary research guide, this book will aid anyone researching American authors. It identifies and describes the best and most current Internet and print sources for nearly 300 American writers whose works are included in the most frequently used literary anthologies."Article| James K. Bracken| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "Alphabetically arranged entries include discussions of individual authors, literary movements, institutions, notable texts, literary developments, themes, ethnic literatures, and "topic" essays."Article| Jay Parini| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language. Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)"Article| no defined| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Critical response to John Cheever
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book collects major, representative criticism of John Cheever's fiction from the earliest reviews of 1943 through the present, and provides a clear and comprehensive assessment of Cheever's critical reputation."Article| Francis J. Bosha| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Glad tidings
☯ Full Synopsis : "Letters to a lifelong friend trace Cheever's life, writing career, and struggle with alcoholism"Article| John Cheever| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Second Reading
☯ Full Synopsis : "This collection of 5 dozen pieces of literary criticism was published in the Washington Post between March 2003 and January 2010. It is a collection of Yardley's opinions of books that he believes are worthy of a second look. They scan the realms of fiction, biography and autobiography, memoirs, and history."Article| Jonathan Yardley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Cheever
☯ Full Synopsis : "John Cheever was one of the foremost chroniclers of post-war America, a peerless writer who on his death in 1982 left some of the best short stories of the twentieth century, a number of highly acclaimed novels, and a private journal that runs to an astonishing four million words. Cheever was a soul in conflict who hid his contradictions - alcoholism, secret bisexuality - behind the screen of genial family life in suburbia. In this luminous, definitive work, one of the most gifted biographers of his generation reveals the troubled but strangely lovable man behind these disguises, a creator of timeless fiction. 'An instant classic' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year 'Lively, funny, informative, astute, masterly. It's impossible to imagine how anyone could have done a better job' Blake Morrison, Guardian 'The highlight of my reading year' Observer 'I simply can't imagine a better literary biography than this one' Spectator"Article| Blake Bailey| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Theory of Light and Matter
☯ Full Synopsis : "These ten short stories explore loss and sacrifice in American suburbia. In idyllic suburbs across the country, from Philadelphia to San Francisco, narrators struggle to find meaning or value in their lives because of (or in spite of) something that has happened in their pasts. In "Hole," a young man reconstructs the memory of his childhood friend's deadly fall. In "The Theory of Light and Matter," a woman second-guesses her choice between a soul mate and a comfortable one. Memories erode as Porter's characters struggle to determine what has happened to their loved ones and whether they are responsible. Children and teenagers carry heavy burdens in these stories: in "River Dog" the narrator cannot fully remember a drunken party where he suspects his older brother assaulted a classmate; in "Azul" a childless couple, craving the affection of an exchange student, fails to set the boundaries that would keep him safe; and in "Departure" a suburban teenage boy fascinated with the Amish makes a futile attempt to date a girl he can never be close to. Memory often replaces absence in these stories as characters reconstruct the events of their pasts in an attempt to understand what they have chosen to keep. These struggles lead to an array of secretive and escapist behavior as the characters, united by middle-class social pressures, try to maintain a sense of order in their lives. Drawing on the tradition of John Cheever, these stories recall and revisit the landscape of American suburbia through the lens of a new generation."Article| Andrew Porter| Statement ..."