May 27th Birthday Love: John Cheever

John Cheever

Short story writer and novelist John Cheever was born on this day May 27, 1912 in Quincy, Massachusetts. One of his most well known works is his 1964 short story “The Swimmer,” which was adapted into a film starring Burt Lancaster.

“Our country is the best country in the world. We are swimming in prosperity and our President is the best president in the world. We have larger apples and better cotton and faster and more beautiful machines. This makes us the greatest country in the world. Unemployment is a myth. Dissatisfaction is a fable. In preparatory school America is beautiful. It is the gem of the ocean and it is too bad. It is bad because people believe it all. Because they become indifferent. Because they marry and reproduce and vote and they know nothing.”

-John Cheever

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