In the letters of john cheever edited and annotated by his son benjamin cheever reveals his most private thoughts to friends famous writers family and lovers all of whom he encouraged to discard what he wrote saving letters is like trying to preserve a kiss he said. John cheever novelist short story writer and winner of the national book award and the pulitzer prize was an american master the boston globehe was also a prolific writer of letters sending as many as thirty in a week. The primary justification for a volume of letters such as the present one is that it sheds some light however oblique on the writer and the writers work that the present collection of . John cheever best known for his short stories dealing with upper middle class suburban life was born in quincy massachusetts in 1912 cheever published his first short story at the age of 17 and in 1979 he won the pulitzer prize for his collected edition of short stories titled stories of john cheever. The love letters he wrote to his new bride when he went into the army were the doting effusions of a besotted husband hello baby hello sweet they began this from a letter about the critical response to the way some people live his first collection of stories
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