Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Wapshot Chronicle
John Cheever


Meet the Wapshots of St Botolphs. There is Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea-dog and would-be suicide; his licentious older son, Moses; and Moses’s adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, and partly based on Cheever’s adolescence in New England, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the finest traditions of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.

Paperback, 336pp
Vintage Classics, 1998 (1958)
ISBN 9780099275275