Cheever, John (1912–1982)
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Novelist and short-story writer John Cheever, whose Collected Stories earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1979, was known as the “Chekhov of suburbia.” He pioneered the subgenre known as “the New Yorker short story.” Like John Updike, whose work he envied and admired, Cheever detailed the messy lives of the East Coast upper middle class in clean, ironic prose.