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Mary Cheever, author and John Cheever's muse, dies

NEW YORK -- Mary Cheever, an accomplished author and poet best known as the enduring spouse and widow of John Cheever, has died, surviving by decades a husband who used their lonely, but lasting, marriage as an inspiration for some of his most memorable stories. She was 95.

She had been battling pneumonia and died Monday night at her colonial-style manor in suburban Ossining, her daughter Susan Cheever said.

The home served as a well-publicized backdrop to John Cheever's facade as the gentleman scribe of “The Swimmer” and “The Five-Forty-Eight.” Time magazine wrote in 1964, “John Cheever, almost alone in the field of modern fiction, is one who celebrates the glories and delights of monogamy.”

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