1912 - John Cheever, born on the 27th of May in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was raised by parents who owned a prosperous business that failed after the stock market crash. His parents enjoyed reading literature to him, so at an early age he was acquainted with the fiction of Charles Dickens, Jack London, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
1942 - His first collection of stories, The Way Some People Live, while he was completing a four-year stint of army duty.
1953 - He strengthened his literary reputation with the book The Enormous Radio and Other Stories, a collection of fourteen of his New Yorker pieces.
1959 - Published another story collection, The Housebreaker of Shady Hill.
1969 - 1977 - He published three more books of short stories and two widely acclaimed novels, Bullet Park and Falconer.
1978 - The Stories of John Cheever, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and became one of the few collections of short stories ever to make the New York Times bestseller list. In more than fifty years, Cheever published over 200 magazine stories; he figured that he earned "enough money to feed the family and buy a new suit every other year."
1982 - Died on the 18th of June in Ossining, New York due to Cancer of the Kidney.
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