Susan Cheever

Cheever284“Women’s currency is their looks. Like it or not, the most powerful woman is an 18-year-old woman.”–Susan Cheever

Susan Cheever, born July 31, 1943, is well-known for her biographies and memoirs, including Home Before Dark, in which she writes about her family. Much like her father, John Cheever, she suffered from a substance abuse problem. Now in recovery, Cheever uses her past struggles with substance abuse and sex addiction to inform several meaningful memoirs and essays. From Henry David Thoreau, to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margret Fuller Cheever has authored many biographies. Aside from nonfiction, she also has several novels published, including Doctors and Women and The Cage. Cheever has several essays in which she talks about women’s issues, including “Baby Battle,” that appeared in the 2006 anthology Mommy Wars. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Bennington College and at The New School. Cheever has two children, a son and a daughter.


Susan Chreever’s works include:

  • a poet’s life: ee cummings, 2014
  • Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction, 2008
  • As Good As I could Be, 2002
  • Home Before Dark, 1999
  • Treetops, 1999
  • Doctors and Women, 1987
  • The Cage, 1982


Susan Cheever’s awards include:

  • L. L. Winship / PEN New England Award in 1985
  • National Book Critic’s Circle Award nominee
  • Boston Globe’s Winship Medal winner, 1985
  • New York Public Library Literary Lion, 1984
  • Guggenheim fellow, 1984
  • Associated Press award winner
  • Part of the Newsday Pulitzer Prize winning, 1979



Chelsey Clammer
Chelsey Clammer is the author of the award-winning essay collection, Circadian (Red Hen Press, 2017) and BodyHome (Hopewell Publications, 2015). Her work has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, Hobart, Brevity, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Normal School and Black Warrior Review. She teaches online writing classes with WOW! Women On Writing and is a freelance editor. Her next collection of essays, Human Heartbeat Detected, is forthcoming (Fall 2022) from Red Hen Press.

One Reply to “Susan Cheever”

  1. The woman’s looks stuff I agree with. But not the age. Right now Angelina Jolie is probably the (or one of the) most powerful, and she’s way past 18. But gorgeous. Totally gorgeous and powerful.

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