Cheever, Susan

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Cheever, Susan Gender: F
Susan Liley Cheever
born on 31 July 1943 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 07°12' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 27°41 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 00°52'

Susan Cheever (2011)
photo: kellywritershouse, license cc-by-2.0


American non-fiction and fiction author, a prize-winning best-selling writer well known for her memoir, her writing about alcoholism, and her intimate understanding of American history. She is a recipient of the PEN New England Award.

Her non-fiction books include My Name is Bill - Bill Wilson: His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, a biography of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson; the biography E.E. Cummings: A Life; Home Before Dark, a memoir about her father, novelist John Cheever; and Treetops: A Memoir.

Cheever is also the author of American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work, published in December 2006. Her book, Drinking in America: Our Secret History (2015), chronicles how alcohol has influenced the history of the United States.

She has published five novels, Looking for Work, A Handsome Man, The Cage, Doctors and Women, and Elizabeth Cole.

Cheever is the daughter of novelist John Cheever and poet/professor Mary Cheever. She has two brothers, Benjamin Cheever and the late Federico Cheever.

Cheever has been married three times, divorced twice and has two children. Cheever married Robert Cowley, the son of Malcolm Cowley, in 1967. The couple divorced 8 years later. Cheever's second husband was Calvin Tomkins II, whom she married in 1981. Cheever and Tomkins have a daughter Sarah. Cheever married her third husband, Warren James Hinckle III, in 1989. Cheever and Hinckle have a son, Warren Hinckle IV, who was born in November 1989.

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  • Work : Prize 1983 (Guggenheim Fellowship)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes her father's letter dated "New York City... August 9, 1943": "Dear Jo, On July 31st about three in the morning, Mary had an eight pound daughter whose name is Susan Liley Cheever."

(The Letters of John Cheever by John Cheever, Random House, 2011, page 105).


  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Grant, Scholarship, etc. (Guggenheim Fellowship)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award