The Swimmer

The Swimmer Sources and ClassicNote Author

  • John Cheever. John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings. New York: Library of America, 2009.
  • Gooderham, W. B. “The Swimmer by John Cheever – into a Suburban Darkness.” The Guardian, 31 Aug. 2015.,

  • Canby, Vincent. “The Screen: Cross-County ‘Swimmer’:Burt Lancaster Stars in Cheever Story Also Arriving, ‘How to Seduce a Playboy.’” The New York Times, 16 May 1968.,

  • Updike, John. “Basically Decent: A Big Biography of John Cheever.” The New Yorker, Mar. 2009,

  • Cooke, Rachel. “The Demons That Drove John Cheever.” The Observer, 17 Oct. 2009.,

  • Bowers, Terence. “John Cheever's Mock-Epic: ‘The Swimmer," the ‘Odyssey’, and America's Pursuit of Happiness.” CEA Critic, vol. 70, no. 1, 2007, pp. 17–34. JSTOR, Accessed 6 Mar. 2020.

  • Leithauser, Brad. “Cheever’s Art of the Devastating Phrase.” The New Yorker, May 2012,

  • Aubry, Timothy. “John Cheever and the Management of Middlebrow Misery.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, 2003, pp. 64–83.
  • "John Cheever: American Author." Britannica. March 9, 2020. <>.