A great article on John Cheever at the New York Times. When I read his Wapshot Chronicle last year, I didn't realize how famous he had once been, and how non-famous he is now. He was an extremely popular and prolific short story writer, and when he forayed into novel writing, he was only successful when he made his own model of what a "novel" is.
Like many authors, Cheever appears to have had a very interesting life - he was an alcoholic, a closeted homosexual (not closeted anymore!) who maintained a "conventional" - to the outside maybe - straight marriage and sired three children. I'm not someone who thinks that an author's bio always illuminates his/her fiction, but it seems to be true in Cheever's case.