The American writer, John Cheever, died in 1982, leaving behind 29 loose-leaf notebooks begun in the late Forties. They form the content of this book. His commitment to them was of central importance to his life - as a workbook and a retreat, an unhindered act of self-revelation where he could explore his ambiguities. He loved his wife and their children, but was acutely lonely; he loved women, but he also loved men; he hated himself for his drinking, but for much of his life was dependent upon it; he was a great writer, but one whose acute levels of perception often crippled him as a person.
Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1979.
John Cheever was born in 1912, in Quincy, Massachusetts. His first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle, won the 1958 American National Book Award, and his other novels include The Wapshot Scandal, Bullet Park and the best-selling Falconer. The Stories of John Cheever won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He died in 1982.