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John Updike


(John Hoyer Updike)
USA flag (1932 - 2009)

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the father of four children and the author of fifty-odd books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal.

John Updike died Tuesday, January 27th 2009 at age 76.
 
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Short stories
A and P [short story] (1962)
Jesus on Honshu (1987)


Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1964) : The Centaur
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1982) : Rabbit Is Rich
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1982) : Rabbit Is Rich
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1991) : Rabbit at Rest
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book winner (2004) : The Early Stories: 1953-1975


Books about John Updike
 
John Updike recommends

The Clicking of Cuthbert (1922)
(Oldest Member)
P G Wodehouse
"It was P.G. Wodehouse... who brought me resoundingly into the imaginary world of golf - his wonderful, comical golf stories."
A Garden of Earthly Delights
A Garden of Earthly Delights (1966)
(Garden of Earthly Delights, book 1)
Joyce Carol Oates
"If the phrase 'woman of letters' existed, she would be, foremost in this country, entitled to it."

Silence (1966)
Shūsaku Endō
"A remarkable work . . . sombre, delicate and startlingly empathetic."

Earthly Possessions (1977)
Anne Tyler
"Wickedly good."
Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass
Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (1978)
Bruno Schulz
"Astonishing stories by one of The great writers... His verbal art strikes us - stuns us even - with its overload of beauty."
The Beginning Place
The Beginning Place (1980)
Ursula K Le Guin
"Excitingly told...elegant parable. Mrs Le Guin is a magisterial imaginer."

Alice in Bed (1983)
Cathleen Schine
"A sprightly novel. Schine has a real caricaturist's flair."
The Collected Stories of John O'Hara
The Collected Stories of John O'Hara (1985)
John O'Hara
"O'Hara's best are among the twentieth century's best... maybe we can settle down and marvel at him all over again."
Naomi
Naomi (1985)
Junichirō Tanizaki
"Tanizaki writes with an unabashed sensuality."

Death in the Andes (1996)
Mario Vargas Llosa
"Peru's best novelist - one of the world's best."

I'm Losing You (1996)
Bruce Wagner
"Bruce Wagner knows his hollywood, and writes like a wizard."
Skin
Skin (1997)
Catherine Hiller
"Catherine Hiller writes with a fine directness... Good, brave and joyful writing."

The Music at Long Verney (2000)
Sylvia Townsend Warner
"On every page there is something to be seen or smelled or felt. . . Beneath her refined witchery lies a strange freshness one can only call, in praise, primitive."

The Pesthouse (2007)
Jim Crace
"A writer of hallucinatory skill."

Dreams in a Time of War (2010)
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
"In his crowded career and his eventful life, Ngũgĩ has enacted, for all to see, the paradigmatic trials and quandaries of a contemporary African writer caught in sometimes implacable political, social, racial, and linguistic currents."

The Wicked Years Complete Collection (2013)
(Wicked Years)
Gregory Maguire
"Amazing novel."


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