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The Swimmer 



The short story “The Swimmer,” by John Cheever, seems to concern Ned Merrill’s swim through a number of his neighbors’ swimming pools.  On a deeper level, though, this story deals with Ned’s reluctance to face his life’s failures.



LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Term


  • Cheever, John (Subject)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS507 .N65
  • PS3505 .H6428



Circulating Resources – A Selected List


  • Baym, Nina (Ed.). Norton Anthology of American Literature (6th Ed. –Vol. E). 2003b.

                             Call Number:  PS507 .N65 2003b  (See pages 2041-2051.)

  • Coale, Samuel. John Cheever. 1977.

                            Call Number:  PS3505 .H6428 Z6

  • Meanor, Patrick. John Cheever Revisited. 1995.

                            Call Number:  PS3505 .H6428 Z77 1995

  • O’Hara,  James. John Cheever: A Study of the Short Fiction. 1989. 

                            Call Number:  PS3505 .H6428 Z8 1989



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 3, pg. 107

o   Vol. 7, pgs. 49-50

o   Vol. 11, pg. 120

o   Vol. 64, pgs. 46, 48, 53, 63, 66

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number:  REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 2, pgs. 538-539

  • Masterplots II – Short Story Series (Revised Edition)Call Number:  REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 7, pgs. 4003-4005

  • Short Story Criticism Call Number:  REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 94, 100, 102, 106, 108                   

o   Vol. 38, pgs. 44-76

o   Vol. 57, pgs. 3-34

  • Short Stories for Students Call Number:  REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 2, pgs. 278-294



Electronic Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic OneFile
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Literature Resources from Gale



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Last Revised on November 21, 2021



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