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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.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fantasy
 
Series
Harry Rabbit Angstrom
   1. Rabbit Run (1960)
   2. Rabbit Redux (1971)
   3. Rabbit Is Rich (1981)
   4. Rabbit at Rest (1990)
   A Rabbit Omnibus (2001)
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Henry Bech
   Bech (1970)
   Bech Is Back (1982)
   The Complete Henry Bech (1993)
   Bech At Bay (1998)
   Basic Bech (1999)
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Novels
   The Poorhouse Fair (1959)
   The Centaur (1963)
   Of the Farm (1965)
   Couples (1968)
   A Month of Sundays (1975)
   Marry Me (1976)
   The Coup (1978)
   Your Lover Just Called (1980)
   Roger's Version (1986)
   More Stately Mansions (1987)
   S (1988)
   Memories of the Ford Administration (1992)
   Brazil (1994)
   In the Beauty of the Lilies (1996)
   Toward the End of Time (1997)
   The Women Who Got Away (1998)
   Gertrude and Claudius (2000)
   Seek My Face (2002)
   Villages (2004)
   Terrorist (2006)
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Collections
   Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures (1958)
   Hoping for a Hoopoe (poems) (1959)
   The Same Door (1959)
   Pigeon Feathers (1962)
   Telephone Poles (poems) (1963)
   Olinger Stories (1964)
   Assorted Prose (1965)
   The Music School (1966)
   Midpoint and Other Poems (poems) (1969)
   Seventy Poems (poems) (1972)
   Museums and Women (1972)
   Six Poems (poems) (1973)
   Tossing and Turning (poems) (1977)
   An Oddly Lovely Day Alone (poems) (1979)
   Problems and Other Stories (1979)
   The Other John Updike (1981)
   Facing Nature (poems) (1985)
   Trust Me (1987)
   The Afterlife (1987)
   Forty Stories (1987)
   Selected Stories (1988)
   A Child's Calendar (poems) (1989)
   In Memoriam, Felis Felis (poems) (1989)
   Collected Poems 1953-1993 (1993)
   Deadly Sins (1994) (with others)
   Friends from Philadelphia (1995)
   A Helpful Alphabet of Friendly Objects (poems) (1998)
   Licks of Love (2000)
   Americana (poems) (2001)
   The Early Stories: 1953-1975 (2003)
   Three Trips (2005)
   Poolside (2007) (with others)
   Endpoint and Other Poems (2009)
   My Father's Tears (2009)
   Rich in Russia (2011)
   John Updike: Collected Early Stories (2013)
   John Updike: Collected Later Stories (2013)
   John Updike: The Collected Stories (2013)
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Chapbooks
   The Alligators (1993)
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Plays
   Buchanan Dying (1974)
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Picture Books
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Novellas and Short Stories
   A and P (1986)
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Non fiction
   Picked Up Pieces (1975)
   Talk from the Fifties (1979)
   People One Knows (1980)
   Hugging the Shore (1983)
   Self Consciousness (1989)
   Just Looking (1989)
   Odd Jobs (1991)
   Golf Dreams (1996)
   More Matter (1999)
   On Literary Biography (1999)
   Humor in Fiction (2000)
   A Century of Arts and Letters (2002)
   Still Looking (2005)
   Due Considerations (2007)
   Higher Gossip (2011)
   Always Looking (2012)
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Omnibus editions
   American Contemporaries (2010) (with others)
   Novels 1959-1965 (2018)
   Novels 1968-1975 (2020)
   Novels 1978-1984 (2021)
   Novels 1986-1990 (2022)
   Novels 1996-2000 (2023)
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John Updike recommends
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The Wicked Years Complete Collection (2013)
(Wicked Years)
Gregory Maguire
"Amazing novel."
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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."
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The Pesthouse (2007)
Jim Crace
"A writer of hallucinatory skill."

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