Long Out-of-Print Cheever Story Will Be Serialized Next Week on FiveChapters.com

cheever021309 Long Out of Print Cheever Story Will Be Serialized Next Week on FiveChapters.comA long out-of-print short story by John Cheever that was first published in the 1943 collection The Way Some People Live will appear in serialized form next week at the Web site FiveChapters.com.

The story, which is included in a forthcoming Library of America collection, is called “Of Love: A Testimony.” It came to Dave Daley, the editor of FiveChapters.com, by way of Cheever’s son Ben, who told him about The Way Some People Live over lunch several years ago. At the time, Mr. Daley was working as an editor at the Journal News in Westchester, and Ben Cheever had been writing pieces for him about books for some time.

A long out-of-print short story by John Cheever that was first published in the 1943 collection The Way Some People Live will appear in serialized form next week at the Web site FiveChapters.com.

The story, which is included in a forthcoming Library of America collection, is called “Of Love: A Testimony.” It came to Dave Daley, the editor of FiveChapters.com, by way of Cheever’s son Ben, who told him about The Way Some People Live over lunch several years ago. At the time, Mr. Daley was working as an editor at the Journal News in Westchester, and Ben Cheever had been writing pieces for him about books for some time.

“He mentioned that there were probably a couple of dozen of stories that had not been collected in the big red book,” Mr. Daley said yesterday, referring to this 1978 collection. “They had fallen out of print and hadn’t been seen in decades, and we talked about the possibility of running one in the newspaper.”

For whatever reason, that never happened, but when Mr. Daley heard recently that there was going to be a big Cheever biography published from Knopf this spring as well as a two-volume set of his collected works from Library of America, he got in touch with Ben again, who told him he was welcome to first serial on anything he wanted. Mr. Daley got in touch with Blake Bailey, the author of the forthcoming biography and the editor of the Library of America set.

“I went through those 1,000 pages of the Library of America edition, and I wanted something that had not been seen before or had not been seen in decades,” Mr. Daley said.

He finally settled on “Of Love: A Testimony,” he said, because it was “a wonderful early example of all of the themes that Cheever later became such a master of describing.”

Installments of the story will be posted on FiveChapters.com each weekday morning, starting Monday.