John Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912, the son of a prosperous Yankee salesman. As a child, Cheever's life was thrown into turmoil when his father lost his business, forcing Cheever's mother to open up a gift shop and jeopardizing the family's pedigree. Cheever's formal education ended when he dropped out of prep school; ultimately, he moved to New York City and focused on becoming a writer.

Cheever rose to prominence as a short story writer, publishing in a number of magazines early in his career; the New Yorker, where Cheever first appeared in 1935, went on to publish over 100 of his stories. Cheever's first collection, The Way Some People Live, was published in 1943, while Cheever was in the army...Show More »

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