Thirteen Uncollected Short Stories by John Cheever


American Author, John Cheever, ca. 1960s (Pinterest).

Thirteen Uncollected Stories

John Cheever


This is the first new collection of John Cheever stories in more than fifteen years, and the first time these stories have ever been collected. Originally published in the 1930s and 1940s in magazines which run the gamut from obscure leftist literary periodicals, through The New Republic and The Atlantic Monthly, to mass circulation glossies like Colliers and Cosmopolitan, these stories deal with themes and use techniques which are not generally considered to be “Cheeveresque.” They will undoubtedly surprise those readers familiar only with Cheever’s post-1947 work. Each of these early stories bears the unmistakable stamp of the master storyteller.

“Bayonne” is an evocative character study of a waitress whose work serving blue-collar regulars in a diner provides her with more emotional than financial support. “In Passing,” which ends with the radical organizer Girsdansky haranguing a small unmoved crowd on the Boston Common at twilight, reveals perhaps more about states of mind during the Depression than standard histories of that era. “Fall River” is an elegy on economic catastrophe in a backwater New England town: Cheever calls up a picture of a wasteland with abandoned factories where “the looms blocked off the floor like discarded machin ery in an old opera house.” “The Autobiography of a Drummer” is a remarkable portrait of a man who has outlived his time. It anticipates Arthur Miller’s Willy Loman by more than a decade.

In this intriguing collection, Cheever plunges us into a stark world; the scenes are reminiscent of Edward Hopper. It is a world of foreclosures, down-and-outs, burlesque shows, desperate gamblers, and deferred hopes. It adds a new dimension to the assessment of John Cheever’s considerable reputation George W. Hunt, S. J., author of John Cheever: The Hobgoblin Company of Love (Eerdman’s, 1983), is Editor-in-Chief of America magazine, a Jesuit Catholic Weekly….

It is instructive and pleasurable to read an important writer’s formative work. These stories show the roots of Cheever ‘s career and anticipate the fulfillment of his gifts. I am gratified that they are now conveniently available. They are not literary curiosities; they are certainly worth rescuing from oblivion and worth republishing. In particular, the stories written during the early Thirties have an objectivity of observation not always found in Depression fiction. They will stimulate Cheever ‘s particular readership and will interest the celebrated mythical common reader.


Fall River
Late Gathering
Bock Beer and Bermuda Onions
The Autobiography of a Drummer
In Passing
The Princess
The Teaser
His Young Wife
The Man She Loved
Family Dinner
The Opportunity

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Current Read: An Exorcist Tells His Story by Father Gabriele Amorth


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A wealth of information about an often misunderstood, very important, even dangerous job…

While I usually shy away from a biased reading of any type on any topic–this seems fair enough: start here, at the Church’s perspective, since it invented the rite of exorcism, and it is the entity in charge of the official ritual; the when, where, and whether it is performed–and by whom. A mysterious and often frightening topic for many of us, I figured this one is worth the read. – SW


From Amazon:

“In this powerful book, Father (Fr.) Gabriele Amorth–the Roman Catholic Church’s Chief Exorcist having performed hundreds of exorcisms over the years–tells of his many experiences doing battle with “Satan” to relieve the great suffering of people in the “grip of evil”. According to Fr. Amorth, the importance of the ministry to “expel demons” is clearly seen in the biblical gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Catholic Bible)–from the actions of Jesus Christ’s Apostles; and from the history of the Church itself. Father Amorth allows the reader to witness the activities of the exorcist, to experience what an exorcist sees and does. He also reveals how little modern science, psychology, and medicine can do to help those under the “devil’s influence”, and that only the power of Jesus Christ can release them from this kind of mental, spiritual or physical suffering. An Exorcist Tells His Story has been a European best-seller that has gone through numerous printings and editions. No other book today so thoroughly and concisely discusses the topic of exorcism.”

“This is a very important book. Every pastoral leader, clergy and lay, should read it. The ministry of exorcism badly needs to be restored and Fr. Amorth’s book is a significant contribution in this direction.” – Ralph Martin

“Fr. Amorth tells us about his personal confrontations with the devil on hundreds of occasions. Those who deny or doubt the power of the devil will be shocked at what they find in this book.” – Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.


Father Amworth and his books about Exorcism.

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Sculpture de L’opéra Garnier à Paris


Photographer unknown (classicarte).

Alto Giove, è tua grazia, è tuo vanto
il gran dono di vita immortale
che il tuo cenno sovrano mi fa.
Ma il rendermi poi quella già sospirata tanto
diva amorosa e bella
è un dono senza uguale, come la tua beltà.

– Polifemo: Alto Giove – Nicola Porpora