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By The Writer's Life | May 3, 1998
John Cheever (1912-1982), sold his first story, "Expelled," to the New Republic after he was thrown out of Thayer Academy in Massachusetts at the age of 17. By age 22 the New Yorker was accepting his work and for years he was a frequent and celebrated contributor to that and many other major publications. His novels include "The Wapshot Chronicle," "The Wapshot Scandal," "Bullet Park," "Falconer" and "The World of Apples" His collected stories won both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1979.
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Susan Reimer | January 24, 2011
Women of my generation could do worse than to have Nora Ephron doing the voice-over narration of our lives. Our Sarah Jessica Parker, but in slimming black and sensible flats. Our "Sex and the City," but with coffee instead of Cosmopolitans. She has been there for us since our twenty-somethings, when Harry met Sally and we learned that friendship can morph into comfortable love, even for those, like us, who once blithely dismissed commitment. I was feeling bad about my neck, but it was Nora Ephron who said it out loud in a book by the same name.
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By Rob Hiaasen | November 8, 1993
Private words have the habit of taking on very public lives.Here are some diaries that have endured, entertained or backfired:* Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: Dubbed "the voice of six million vanished souls," Anne Frank's diary is a testimonial to suffering in the Holocaust. The Dutch girl hid in an annex with her family for two years. Anne Frank was caught by the Nazis, and she died in a concentration camp.Her diary entry for July 15, 1944: In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
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By The Writer's Life | May 3, 1998
John Cheever (1912-1982), sold his first story, "Expelled," to the New Republic after he was thrown out of Thayer Academy in Massachusetts at the age of 17. By age 22 the New Yorker was accepting his work and for years he was a frequent and celebrated contributor to that and many other major publications. His novels include "The Wapshot Chronicle," "The Wapshot Scandal," "Bullet Park," "Falconer" and "The World of Apples" His collected stories won both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1979.
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By TIM WARREN and TIM WARREN,Tim Warren is book editor of The Sun | October 13, 1991
With the publication this month of "The Journals of John Cheever," we confront a recurring question in literary biography: How does our knowledge of the personal side of a writer help us to understand the artistic side?Certainly the "Journals," written over a span of 40 years, until just before his death in 1982, tell the reader in excruciating detail about Cheever's often miserably unhappy marriage, about the constant self-doubts of his literary worth ("I read a short-story anthology from which I have been conspicuously excluded and see how right they were to leave me out")
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Susan Reimer | January 24, 2011
Women of my generation could do worse than to have Nora Ephron doing the voice-over narration of our lives. Our Sarah Jessica Parker, but in slimming black and sensible flats. Our "Sex and the City," but with coffee instead of Cosmopolitans. She has been there for us since our twenty-somethings, when Harry met Sally and we learned that friendship can morph into comfortable love, even for those, like us, who once blithely dismissed commitment. I was feeling bad about my neck, but it was Nora Ephron who said it out loud in a book by the same name.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,Staff Writer | January 28, 1994
Novelist Benjamin Cheever comes to the word processor with a heritage that could cause major writer's block: a lifetime as the son of the late, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Cheever.As if that were not daunting enough, Mr. Cheever, 45, spent a lot of the past decade contemplating John Cheever's life -- and his relationship to it -- as he edited a collection of his father's personal letters.The Cheever family's decision to publish these letters, as well as John Cheever's journals, was a bold act that some observers called brave and others called exploitative.
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By KASEY JONES MALCOLM X: AS THEY KNEW HIM. David Gallen. Carroll & Graf. 288 pages. $21.95. and KASEY JONES MALCOLM X: AS THEY KNEW HIM. David Gallen. Carroll & Graf. 288 pages. $21.95.,LOS ANGELES TIMES THE PLAGIARIST. Benjamin Cheever. Atheneum. 322 pages. $20 | July 5, 1992
SCRUPLES TWO.Judith Krantz.Crown.571 pages. $22. Let's get right to it: The first good sex scene doesn't appeauntil well after 100 pages.Was it worth the wait?One might ask the same question of the entire novel. Written 14 years after "Scruples" was published, the book picks up exactly where the first book left off.And this is a flaw; Judith Krantz must spend way too much space refreshing the reader's memory.We pick up the story of Billy Ikehorn, filthy rich and beautiful, yet unable to find true happiness.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 17, 1997
As chroniclers of WASP society, A. R. Gurney and the late John Cheever would appear to be soul mates. So it seems fitting that Gurney has written "A Cheever Evening" -- a dramatization of Cheever short stories, which opens tomorrow at Theatre Hopkins."
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By Joan Mellen and Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | January 10, 1999
"Note Found in a Bottle: My Life as a Drinker," by Susan Cheever. Simon & Schuster. 192 pages. $23.Susan Cheever has written another affecting memoir of autobiographical speculation. This time she focuses on how alcoholism ruled her life for close to 50 years. Her father, short story writer John Cheever, was famously alcoholic and Cheever reveals how the landscape of her early life was colored by drinking. When she was 6, her Cheever grandmother taught her "how to make a perfect dry martini."
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By Rob Hiaasen | November 8, 1993
Private words have the habit of taking on very public lives.Here are some diaries that have endured, entertained or backfired:* Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: Dubbed "the voice of six million vanished souls," Anne Frank's diary is a testimonial to suffering in the Holocaust. The Dutch girl hid in an annex with her family for two years. Anne Frank was caught by the Nazis, and she died in a concentration camp.Her diary entry for July 15, 1944: In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
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By TIM WARREN and TIM WARREN,Tim Warren is book editor of The Sun | October 13, 1991
With the publication this month of "The Journals of John Cheever," we confront a recurring question in literary biography: How does our knowledge of the personal side of a writer help us to understand the artistic side?Certainly the "Journals," written over a span of 40 years, until just before his death in 1982, tell the reader in excruciating detail about Cheever's often miserably unhappy marriage, about the constant self-doubts of his literary worth ("I read a short-story anthology from which I have been conspicuously excluded and see how right they were to leave me out")
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By Tim Warren and Tim Warren,Book Editor | February 17, 1992
ATHOUSAND Acres," Jane Smiley's novel about a troubled Iowa farm family, as won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, it was announced yesterday.Susan Faludi's "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Woman," a much-discussed work that has been a best-seller as well, won in the general non-fiction category.Philip Roth's "Patrimony: A True Story," a moving elegy to his father, took the prize in biography/autobiography. That category was especially competitive: Nominees included "The Journals of John Cheever," Art Spiegelman's "Maus II" and "The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan," a biography of an Indian mathematical prodigy that was written by Baltimore author Robert Kanigel.
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