John Cheever (1912-1982) wordt gezien als een van de grootste Amerikaanse schrijvers van de twintigste eeuw. Hij ontving onder andere de Pulitzer Prize for Fiction en kort voor hij in 1982 overleed, werd hem nog de National Medal for Literature uitgereikt.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HANIF KUREISHI This outstanding collection by Pulitzer prize-winning novelist John Cheever show the power and range of one of the finest short story writers of the last century. Stories of love and of squalor, they include masterpieces such as 'The Swimmer' and 'Goodbye, My Brother' and date from the time of his honourable discharge from the Army at the end of the Second World War.
I've read nothing better this year than The Stories of John Cheever. -- Peter McKay Daily Mail, Book of the Year Cheever's accomplishment in his exacting art is proportionally large, as solid as it is brilliant, and likely to endure New York Review of Books Currently I'm reading John Cheever's Collected Stories. My God, he was good -- David Mitchell 'The Swimmer' is a masterpiece of mystery, language and sorrow -- Michael Chabon I reread Cheever's 'The Swimmer' late the other night. It had the effect that reading Cheever always has: it made me want to get up and start the futile task of trying to write something as measured yet mysteriously, heart-judderingly unexpected for myself -- Gordon Burns Sunday Times