John Cheever

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John Cheever (1912 - 1982) American novelist and short story writer


The Wapshot Chronicle (1957)

  • "...your underwear is clean in case you should be hit by a taxicab and have to be undressed by strangers."
  • "..for the dead fish was striped like a cat and the sky was striped like the fish and the conch was whorled like an ear and the beach was ribbed like a dog's mouth and the movables in the surf splintered and crashed like the walls of Jericho."
  • "Admite the world. Relish the love of a gentle woman. Trust in the lord."
  • "I'm wicked, as you say, and I'm rude and I'm boorish and I discovered, after marrying Mr Scaddon, that I could be all these things and worse and that there would still be plenty of people to lick my boots."


  • "The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony."
  • "Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two."

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