John Cheever: A Biography

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iUniverse, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 452 pages
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¡-a biography of great immediacy¡-there are many sections of great poignancy, many funny things, many of electric intimacy and candor¡-there is spellbinding power, never more so than in describing Cheever¡_s death, pages that are both terrible and deeply moving; one is losing an old, beloved friend. ¡ª James Salter, Los Angeles Times Book Review

¡°John Cheever: A Biography¡± is clearly an indispensable book¡-Donaldson moves gracefully from the personal to the literary¡-solidly researched and entirely readable, admiring of the writer and knowing about the man. Stuffed with fascinating anecdotes¡-It¡_s a gut-wrenching story. Donaldson tells it straight, without embellishment, and our attention never strays. ¡ª Dan Cryer, Newsday

¡°A coup of investigative reporting¡-¡± ¡ª Publishers Weekly

¡°¡-both erudite and earthly¡-What emerges is a rich tapestry that gives the reader extraordinary insight into the workings of a master storyteller¡_s mind. ¡ª Jean Graham, New York Daily News

¡°John Cheever: A Biography¡± by Scott Donaldson is as readable and ¡°unputdownable¡± as any thriller¡- ¡ª T. Coraghessan Boyle

A revelation¡-What a triumph. ¡ª Frederick Exley

Donaldson has set a high standard that other biographers will find difficult to equal. ¡ª John Blades, Chicago Tribune

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Cheever's prodigious talents earned him the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the loyalty of myriad readers. His luminous fictions penetrated the inner life of American suburbia, but his ... Read full review

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Donaldson wrote one of the few Fitzgerald biographies I haven't read yet, "Fool for Love," which I'll probably get to after this. What's nice about his Cheever biography compared to the newer one is ... Read full review

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Scott E. Donaldson has more than 30 years of experience managing complex programs (ranging from 10's of millions to 100's of millions); expertise in systems development, process improvement, and technical cultural change. He is a Senior Vice President for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for its multi-billion dollar Health, Energy and Civilian Solutions Group. He teaches graduate courses in software engineering, software process improvement, and information technology at Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering. He has a B.S., Operations Research from the United States Naval Academy and a M.S., Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Mr. Donaldson co-authored the software engineering books Successful Software Development: Making It Happen, Prentice Hall PTR, 2nd Edition; Successful Software Development: Study Guide, Prentice Hall PTR; and Cultivating Successful Software Development: A Practitioner's View, Prentice Hall PTR. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering: Project Management--Success Factors, CRC Press and the Handbook of Software Quality Assurance: Software Configuration Management--A Practical Look, 3rd Edition.

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