Glad Tidings: A Friendship in Letters by John Cheever, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Glad Tidings: A Friendship in Letters

Glad Tidings: A Friendship in Letters

by John Cheever, John D. Weaver
     
 

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The 40-year correspondence between John Cheever and fellow writer John Weaver provides an illuminating look at Cheever's life and a warm portrait of a loyal and enduring friendship.

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The 40-year correspondence between John Cheever and fellow writer John Weaver provides an illuminating look at Cheever's life and a warm portrait of a loyal and enduring friendship.

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Martha Schoolman
Yes, there's more. Many of these letters appeared in "Letters of John Cheever", but this book is offered as much as a memorial to a long friendship between writers as a monument to the usual mixture of pain, humor, insight, and drop-dead beautiful prose found in all of Cheever's informal writing. It is advertised as a book of correspondence, but it is overwhelmingly Cheever. As is well-known by now, Cheever rarely saved letters. As he remarks here, "Most of the people I write to these days make copies of what they send me and file what they receive. This takes all of the fun out of it. It's like pressing a blood-wort in the family Bible. A good letter should be like a daisy in the field charming for the minute, not much to smell and soon dead." Weaver started keeping copies during the last 10 years or so of their correspondence, and they are a good read as well, although the "Dear John . . . Love, John" pattern will keep readers on their toes. This book is charming and well-annotated, so the Johns don't dish too much dirt over our heads. In addition, Cheever's letters here tend to have a lighter touch and more self-deprecating humor than his often-wrenching "Journals". The only criticism that may be leveled at this collection is that the book's introduction and the early notes are a little too detailed, sometimes confusing pertinent facts about the Cheever and Weaver lives with dull domestic trivia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060169572
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
384

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