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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - John Cheever
A prize-winning biographer of John Cheever and Richard Yates is taking on a living subject: Philip Roth.
Although I haven't gone back and counted them, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that of the words used to characterize John Cheever in Blake Bailey's new biography of the man who liked to be called "America's Chekhov," "charm" and "charming" would be among the most frequently occurring.
He proudly asserts that he is one of probably just 10 people in the world who have read every one of their 4,300-odd pages - now available for public perusal at the Houghton Library at Harvard University, though only a small portion of them have been published - and he is understandably eager to share with his readers the secrets he has gleaned from them.