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Odd Jobs

(1991)
Essays And Criticism
A non fiction book by

 
 
To complement his work as a fiction writer, John Updike accepted any number of odd jobs - book reviews and introductions, speeches and tributes, a "few paragraphs" on baseball or beauty or Borges - and saw each as "an opportunity to learn something, or to extract from within some unsuspected wisdom." In this, his largest collection of assorted prose, he brings generosity and insight to the works and lives of William Dean Howells, George Bernard Shaw, Philip Roth, Muriel Spark, and dozens more. Novels from outposts of postmodernism like Turkey, Albania, Israel, and Nigeria are reviewed, as are biographies of Cleopatra and Dorothy Parker. The more than a hundred considerations of books are flanked, on one side, by short stories, a playlet, and personal essays, and, on the other, by essays on his own oeuvre. Updike's odd jobs would be any other writer's chief work.



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November 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Odd Jobs
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-517-09512-2 / 978-0-517-09512-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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January 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: Odd Jobs
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-233-98734-7 / 978-0-233-98734-7 (UK edition)
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October 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-679-40414-7 / 978-0-679-40414-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-8129-8379-3 / 978-0-8129-8379-1 (USA edition)
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December 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Odd Jobs: Essays And Criticism
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-016780-3 / 978-0-14-016780-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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December 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism
Author(s): John Updike
Publisher: Random House
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