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The Best John Cheever Short Stories

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Upvote the short stories written by author John Cheever that you think are the greatest.
The absolute best John Cheever short stories of all time, ranked by the community. This list has the most popular John Cheever short stories. Cheever was a novelist and short story writer, boring in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1912. Often called "the Chekov of the suburbs," Cheever's work looked at the dualities of human nature and was often set in Manhattan, Massachusetts, and Italy. What are the best John Cheever short stories ever written?
 
This list features the absolute best John Cheever short stories. The titles are listed based on the community's votes and include "The Enormous Radio," "Goodbye, My Brother," "The Country Husband," "The Five-Forty-Eight," and "The Cure." Cast your votes below for John Cheever's best short stories and see where he ranks among the best short story writers of all time.
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  • The Swimmer
    1

    The Swimmer

    1964, The New Yorker
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  • The Lowboy
    2

    The Lowboy

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Housebreaker of Shady Hill
    3

    The Housebreaker of Shady Hill

    1956, The New Yorker
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  • The Country Husband
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    The Country Husband

    1954, The Housebreaker of Shady Hill
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  • Goodbye, My Brother
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    Goodbye, My Brother

    1951, The New Yorker
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  • Torch Song
    6

    Torch Song

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Enormous Radio
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    1947, The New Yorker
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  • The Five-Forty-Eight
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    The Five-Forty-Eight

    1954, The New Yorker
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  • The Hartleys
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    The Hartleys

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Angel of the Bridge
    10

    The Angel of the Bridge

    1961
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  • The Sorrows of Gin
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    The Sorrows of Gin

    1953, The New Yorker
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  • The Children
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    The Children

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • O City of Broken Dreams
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    O City of Broken Dreams

    1948, The New Yorker
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  • The Sutton Place Story
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    The Sutton Place Story

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Superintendent
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    The Superintendent

    1978, John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings
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  • The Geometry of Love
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    The Geometry of Love

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Fourth Alarm
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    The Fourth Alarm

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Jewels of the Cabots
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    The Jewels of the Cabots

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Bella Lingua
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    The Bella Lingua

    1958, The New Yorker
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  • An Educated American Woman
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    An Educated American Woman

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Wrysons
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    The Wrysons

    1958, The New Yorker
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  • Just Tell Me Who It Was
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    Just Tell Me Who It Was

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • The Common Regular Day
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    The Common Regular Day

    1978, The Stories of John Cheever
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  • Clancy in the Tower of Babel
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    Clancy in the Tower of Babel

    1951, The New Yorker
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