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The Poorhouse Fair

(1959)
A novel by

 
 
THE POORHOUSE FAIR was John Updike's first full length novel, published four years after he graduated from Harvard. It concerns the events surrounding a fair put on by members of a poorhouse and is an allegory about charity. Short and succinct, it speaks to those fears all of us have of growing not old, but dependent.

"Since the successful poetic novel--for lack of a more precise term--has long been the most rarefied form of prose fiction, John Updike, the poet and short story writer, has done a startling thing in his first novel...by producing, with almost academic precision, a classic, if not flawless, example of one." --Whitney Balliett, writing in The New Yorker

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 1977 : USA Hardback
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Title: Poorhouse Fair
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-394-41050-5 / 978-0-394-41050-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

June 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poorhouse Fair (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-118848-0 / 978-0-14-118848-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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March 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Poorhouse Fair: A Novel
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-345-46823-6 / 978-0-345-46823-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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May 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Poorhouse Fair
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-21213-0 / 978-0-449-21213-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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June 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Poorhouse Fair
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-23314-6 / 978-0-449-23314-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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October 1980 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poorhouse Fair: With An Introduction By The Author
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-002843-9 / 978-0-14-002843-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

December 1984 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Poorhouse Fair
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-7366-0691-2 / 978-0-7366-0691-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Poorhouse Fair: A Novel
Author(s): John Updike
Publisher: Random House
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