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Picked Up Pieces

(1975)
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In John Updike's second collection of assorted prose he comes into his own as a book reviewer; most of the pieces picked up here were first published in The New Yorker in the 1960s and early '70s. If one word could sum up the young critic's approach to books and their authors it would be "generosity": "Better to praise and share," he says in his Foreword, "than to blame and ban." And so he follows his enthusiasms, which prove both deserving and infectious: Kierkegaard, Proust, Joyce, Dostoevsky, and Hamsun among the classics; Borges, Nabokov, Grass, Bellow, Cheever, and Jong among the contemporaries. Here too are meditations on Satan and cemeteries, travel essays on London and Anguilla, three very early "golf dreams," and one big interview. Picked-Up Pieces is a glittering treasury for every reader who likes life, books, wit - and John Updike.



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Hardback Editions

March 1976 : UK Hardback
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Title: Picked-up Pieces
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-233-96749-4 / 978-0-233-96749-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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November 1975 : USA Hardback
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Title: Picked-Up Pieces
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-394-49849-6 / 978-0-394-49849-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

January 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Picked-Up Pieces: Essays
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-8129-8380-7 / 978-0-8129-8380-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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November 1977 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Picked-Up Pieces
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-21203-3 / 978-0-449-21203-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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October 1977 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Picked Up Pieces
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-23363-4 / 978-0-449-23363-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Picked-Up Pieces: Essays
Author(s): John Updike
Publisher: Random House
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