John Cheever: A Biography (Paperback)
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"A biography of great immediacy. . . . There are many sections of great poignancy, many funny things, many of electric intimacy and candor . . . there is spellbinding power, never more so than in describing Cheever's death, pages that are both terrible and deeply moving; one is losing an old, beloved friend." --James Salter, Los Angeles Times Book Review "John Cheever: A Biography is clearly an indispensable book. Donaldson moves gracefully from the personal to the literary. . . . Solidly researched and entirely readable, admiring of the writer and knowing about the man. Stuffed with fascinating anecdotes. It's a gut-wrenching story. Donaldson tells it straight, without embellishment, and our attention never strays." --Dan Cryer, Newsday "A coup of investigative reporting." --Publishers Weekly "Both erudite and earthly. What emerges is a rich tapestry that gives the reader extraordinary insight into the workings of a master storyteller's mind." --Jean Graham, New York Daily News "John Cheever: A Biography by Scott Donaldson is as readable and 'unputdownable' as any thriller." --T. Coraghessan Boyle "A revelation. What a triumph." --Frederick Exley "Donaldson has set a high standard that other biographers will find difficult to equal." --John Blades, Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Scott Donaldson is one of the nation's leading literary biographers. Among his books are Poet in America: Winfield Townley Scott, By Force of Will: The Life and Art of Ernest Hemingway, Fool for Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever: A Biography, and Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald.