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A revealing self-portrait: In addition to his novels and short stories, John Cheever wrote a prodigious number of letters-sometimes thirty in a week. In The Letters of John Cheever , edited and annotated by his son Benjamin, Cheever reveals his most private thoughts to friends, famous writers, family, and lovers-all of whom he encouraged to discard what he wrote. Saving letters is like trying to preserve a kiss,” he said. As a result, these letters form a story that is even more candid than his journals, and as vivid and human as any he ever invented..