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  • Published: 19 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784875824
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

A Vision of the World

Selected Short Stories

The first authorised selected collection of the twentieth-century's most important and influential short story writer

The first authorised selected collection of the twentieth-century's most influential short story writer.


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, John Cheever - variously referred to as 'Ovid in Ossining' and the 'Chekhov of the suburbs' - forever altered the landscape of contemporary literature. In a career that spanned nearly fifty years, his short stories, often published in the New Yorker, gave voice to the repressed desires and smouldering disappointments of 1950s America as it teetered on the edge of spiritual awakening and sexual liberation in the ensuing Sixties.

Up until now, John Cheever's stories have only been available in Collected Stories, but with Julian Barnes' selection we have the first fully authorised introduction to Cheever's work. Satirical, fantastical, sad and transcendent, these are stories that speak directly to the heart of human experience, and remain a testament to the wit and vision of one of the most important and influential short story writers of the twentieth century.

  • Pub date: 19 January 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784875824
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

John Cheever

John Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912, and he went to school at Thayer Academy in South Braintree. He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. His first novel, The Wapshot Chronicle, won the 1958 National Book Award. In 1965 he received the Howells Medal for Fiction from the National Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1978 he won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer prize. Shortly before his death in 1982 he was awarded the National Medal for Literature.

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Praise for A Vision of the World

“There was a time in my life when I thought I would have to find a support group for people who loved Cheever as much as I do… I would write out his sentences by hand at times to see what does that feel like, to be able to have that felicity of language”

Elizabeth Strout

“As stories go, as compellingly readable narratives of a certain sort of people in a certain time and place — our time and place—John Cheever's stories are, simply, the best”

Washington Post

“John Cheever is an enchanted realist, and his voice, in his luminous short stories…is as rich and distinctive as any of the leading voices of postwar American literature”

Philip Roth

“Cheever shows a sublime psychological understanding of all that goes unsaid – whatever’s not mentioned between couples is fully present and felt”

A M Homes

“Ultimately, it is the stories which make the case for Cheever as a great American writer, one who continues to deserve our attention and admiration”

Jay McInerney

“John Cheever has a voice filled with irony and comedy and pain that, on some level, I’m always seeking to emulate”

Matthew Weiner, Creator of Mad Men

“Profound and daring...some of the most wonderful stories any American has written”

Boston Globe

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