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Cheever's Keeper

Biographer Blake Bailey has found a specialty: Boston's tortured literary greats. Look who's next.

Literary biographer Blake Bailey at Boston University, where his current subject, novelist and short-story writer John Cheever, taught in 1974 and '75.
Literary biographer Blake Bailey at Boston University, where his current subject, novelist and short-story writer John Cheever, taught in 1974 and '75. (Globe Staff Photo / David Kamerman) Globe Staff Photo / David Kamerman
By Edgar Allen Beem
June 5, 2005

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Until about five years ago, Blake Bailey taught English at the Robert M. Lusher Alternative School in New Orleans. Today, after his widely praised 2003 biography of Richard Yates and with a new contract to write the life of John Cheever - two of Boston's literary legends - Blake Bailey is one of America's foremost literary biographers, this year winning ... (Full article: 995 words)

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