The Stories of John Cheever
First edition
AuthorJohn Cheever
CountryUnited States
GenreShort story collection
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

The Stories of John Cheever is a 1978 short story collection by American author John Cheever. It contains some of his most famous stories, including "The Enormous Radio", "Goodbye, My Brother", "The Country Husband", "The Five-Forty-Eight" and "The Swimmer". It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1979 and its first paperback edition won a 1981 National Book Award.[1][a]

Stories included in the collection

Summaries of short stories


  1. ^ Cheever's Stories won the 1981 award for paperback fiction. From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Awards history, there were dual hardcover and paperback awards in most categories. Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints, including this one.


  1. ^ "National Book Awards – 1981". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-14
    (with essays by Willie Perdomo, Matthew Pitt, and Robert Wilder from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog).
  2. ^ "The Five-Forty-Eight". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 3, 2017.