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“He saw the role of the writer as both lofty and practical…” Benjamin H. Cheever on his father John Cheever
“He saw the role of the serious writer as both lofty and practical in the same instant. He used to say that literature was one of the first indications of civilization. He used to say a fine piece of prose could not only cure depression, it could clear up a sinus headache. Like many great healers, he meant to heal himself.”