The Wapshot Chronicle

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The Wapshot Chronicle
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First edition
Author John Cheever
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Harper & Brothers
Publication date
1957
Media type Print
Pages 307

The Wapshot Chronicle is the debut novel by John Cheever about an eccentric family that lives in a Massachusetts fishing village. Published in 1957, it won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1958,[1] and was followed by a sequel, The Wapshot Scandal, published in 1964.

The Wapshot Chronicle is the sometimes-humorous story of Leander Wapshot, his eccentric Aunt Honora, and his sons, Moses and Coverly, as they all deal with life. The story is somewhat autobiographical, particularly regarding the character of Coverly, who, like Cheever, experiences feelings of bisexuality.

The novel was Cheever's first, though he had previously written short stories. It was also the first novel selected for the Book of the Month Club to include the word "fuck" in the narrative.[2]

In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Wapshot Chronicle 63rd on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.[3]

Adaptations[edit]

In 2009, Audible.com produced an audio version of The Wapshot Chronicle, narrated by Joe Barrett, as part of its Modern Vanguard line of audiobooks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Book Awards – 1958". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
    (With essay by Neil Baldwin [1] from the Awards 50-year anniversary publications and[dead link] from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
  2. ^ Cheever, John. The Wapshot Chronicle. HarperCollins, 2003, ISBN 0-06-052887-7, pg. xiii.
  3. ^ 100 Best Novels
Awards
Preceded by
The Field of Vision
Wright Morris
National Book Award for Fiction
1958
Succeeded by
The Magic Barrel
Bernard Malamud