John Cheever, “the Chekhov of the suburbs,” was born on May 27th, 1912 in Quincy, Massachusetts. He died of cancer on June 18th, 1982. We salute his literary legacy with these conversations with his son, novelist Ben Cheever, and biographer Blake Bailey.
John Cheever wrote hundreds of short stories and kept an extensive private journal, fabricated his accent and was primarily gay despite siring three children and remaining in a long marriage. We hear about his life from Blake Bailey, who wrote a biography on the great author.