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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409088899
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Wapshot Chronicle

The first novel John Cheever wrote is a wonderful introduction to his writing; clever, funny, charming and bursting with life

In the novel that established his reputation as an unparalleled observer of the dialectic between compassion and decorum, John Cheever followed the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, Massachusetts. There are the stories of Cap-tain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea-dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses's adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLE is a family narrative in the traditions of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409088899
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

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 The Wapshot Chronicle

“The best introduction to Cheever's work...richly inventive and vividly told”

New York Times Magazine

“A tapestry woven from the threads of emotion, tragedy, comedy...and the irony so wonderfully evident in the author's short stories...a literary mosaic...Cheever is a pleasure to read”

San Francisco Chronicle

“A brilliantly written novel, vastly and sometimes sadly, amusing”


“Cheever's debut novel is skittish, mercurial and ringing with life”


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