Susan Cheever

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Susan Cheever’s work includes biographies of E.E. Cummings and Louisa May Alcott, a memoir of her father, John Cheever, five novels, and many newspaper and magazine essays. She is a National Book Critic's Circle Award nominee, a Boston Globe Winship Medal winner, a Guggenheim fellow, long listed for the PEN John Kenneth Galbraith award, and part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team at Newsday. She has served on the boards of Yaddo and the Author's Guild.


Cheever’s most recent book Drinking in America, a look at American History through the lens of alcoholism, was published in October 2016. Her most recent biography, E.E. Cummings: A Poet's Life, was published in February 2014.  Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography, was published in the fall of 2010 and a previous book on the American transcendentalists, American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work was published in 2006.

She has published seven other books of nonfiction and  five novels. Her short work has appeared in dozens of publications and anthologies including The New Yorker and The New York Times, and as a weekly column in Newsday where she contributed to coverage that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 after the crash of TWA Flight 800. She has been nominated for a National Book Circle Award and won the Boston Globe Winship medal and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a member of the Authors Guild Council and the board of the Yaddo Corporation. Cheever took a BA from Brown and has taught at Yale, Brown University, The New School, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.