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  • Published: 27 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473572164
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

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


This outstanding collection by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Cheever shows the power and range of one of the finest short story writers of the last century. Our first selected edition of Cheever’s stories is made by master English novelist Julian Barnes (Flaubert’s Parrot, The Sense of an Ending), who brings his own prowess as a writer to bear on a definitive selection of Cheever’s short fiction.

‘Cheever's accomplishment in his exacting art is proportionally large, as solid as it is brilliant, and likely to endure.’- New York Review of Books

  • Published: 27 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473572164
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

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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