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By John Cheever, Franklin H. Dennis, George W. Hunt SJ

The tales during this assortment are ones that Cheever wrote within the Thirties and Nineteen Forties. There are thirteen overall, eleven of which aren't on hand at any place else, together with the hot Library of the US variation. curiosity in Cheever's paintings has been renewed with the e-book of a brand new biography, John Cheever: A lifestyles by way of Blake Bailey. Readers of Cheever, either new and previous, may be occupied with this crucial assortment

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This pilgrim’s progress away from ideology is evident in the much longer short story included here, entitled “In Passing,” and published in 1936 by The Atlantic Monthly. It is a sympathetic narrative, told in the first person by a young man and shaped through a series of richly observed sketches about several sets of people “down on their luck” (a refrain) during the Depression. As I mentioned earlier, much of this material corresponds with Cheever’s and his family’s straits at the time. Notable within it, however, is his deft portrait of the Communist organizer, whose presence takes on symbolic force throughout, in fact a counter-force of potential choice.

In a 1976 interview, later published in the Stanford University literary review, Sequoia, he reiterated this objection by saying: What I usually say is, fiction is not crypto-autobiography: its splendor is that it is not autobiographical. Nor is it biographical. It is a very rich complex of autobiography and biography, of information—factual information, spiritual information, apprehension. It is the bringing together of disparate elements into something that corresponds to an aesthetic, a moral, a sense of fitness.

We had not paid our rent for three weeks but it was different when there were two people. We had sent our books away in big boxes a month ago. These were things that we did not want to do but even in this building of steep brick the people were not the same. The landlady would have taken our books and our typewriter and sold them. Cigarettes were not safe if you left them on the table for a minute. An old man downstairs had been out of the mill for six months now. At first he could not stand the leisure and he was up every morning going across the river to the city looking for work.

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