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Cheever: A Life
 
 
Author
Blake Bailey.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9781400043941
Pages/Publication Date 770/2009
Daedalus Item Code 13678
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The author of a National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated biography of Richard Yates and the editor of the Library of America's two-volume collection of John Cheever's works, Blake Bailey offers this portrait of Cheever (1912–1982) as a man who spent much of his career impersonating a perfect suburban gentleman. Cheever created this mask in order to "insinuate myself into the middle class, like a spy," while also hiding his bisexuality. Written with unprecedented access to such sources as Cheever's massive journal, Bailey's biography reveals the troubled but strangely lovable man behind the disguises, an artist who delighted in the everyday radiance of the world while yearning, above all, "to be illustrious."

"A definitive, Dickensian rendering of a complete and complicated life, addictively readable and long overdue.... Mr. Bailey, with uncommon grace and evenhandedness, tracks Cheever's artistic brilliance amid chronic self-delusion and paranoia."—NYTimes

 
 
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