• "He lies, in American writing, somewhere between Scott Fitzgerald and John Updike"

    Malcolm Bradbury
  • "The master of the short story was also the master of the short letter"

    Sunday Times
  • "I enjoyed The Letters of John Cheever enormously... Cheever shone in his three-paragraph masterpieces about temperamental plumbing, pets, and the loneliness of the short story-writer"

    Zoe Heller
  • "Cheever's work - a succession of brilliant short stories for the New Yorker and four novels - depends on an edgy eye for detail and a compulsive narrative personality"

  • "John's letters and Benjamin's commentary makes a special kind of dialogue that touches and haunts, both in what is said and what is kept silent"

    Los Angeles Times