Literary Birthday - 27 May - John Cheever

John Cheever was born 27 May 1912, and died 18 June 1982


  1. I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.
  2. Art is the triumph over chaos.
  3. I’ve been homesick for countries I’ve never been, and longed to be where I couldn’t be.
  4. The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.
  5. Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
  6. Fiction is experimentation. When it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.
  7. People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
  8. Novels are about men and women and children and dogs, not politics.
  9. For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.
  10. Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
  11. The secret of keeping young is to read children’s books. 
  12. A page of good prose remains invincible.

Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer. He is best remembered for his short stories but he also wrote four novels, including The Wapshot Chronicle. A compilation of his short stories, The Stories of John Cheever, won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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