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The Complete Henry Bech

(1992)
(A book in the Henry Bech series)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Since tales of his exploits began appearing in The New Yorker more than thirty years ago, Henry Bech, John Updike's playfully irreverent alter-ego, has charmed readers with his aesthetic dithering and his seemingly inexhaustible libido. The Bech stories—collected in one volume for the first time, and featuring a final, series-capping story, "His Oeuvre"—cast an affectionate eye on the famously unproductive Jewish-American writer, offering up a stream of wit, whimsy, and lyric pungency unmatched in American letters.


From his birth in 1923 to his belated paternity and public apotheosis as a spry septuagenarian in 1999, Bech plugs away, globetrotting in the company of foreign dignitaries one day and schlepping in tattered tweeds on the college lecture circuit the next. By turns cynical and naïve, wry and avuncular, and always amorous, he is Updike's most endearing confection—a Lothario, a curmudgeon, and a winsome literary icon all in one. A perfect forum for Updike's limber prose, The Complete Henry Bech is an arch portrait of the literary life in America from an incomparable American writer.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

September 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Complete Henry Bech
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 1-85715-264-6 / 978-1-85715-264-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Everyman
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March 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Complete Henry Bech (Everyman's Library)
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-375-41176-3 / 978-0-375-41176-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Everyman's Library
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Paperback Editions

June 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Complete Henry Bech (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-118856-1 / 978-0-14-118856-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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December 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Complete Henry Bech: Bech a Book; Bech is Back; Bech in Czech
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-017058-8 / 978-0-14-017058-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

June 2006 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Complete Henry Bech (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): John Updike
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK