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John Updike: Collected Early Stories - a book by Updike, John

John Updike: Collected Early Stories

John Updike: Collected Early Stories( )
Author: Updike, John
Editor: Carduff, Christopher
Publication Date:Sep 2013
Publisher:Library of America, The
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $37.50
Book Description:

In John Updike's later stories, his signature protagonist a onetime small-town Pennsylvania boy deeply moved by art, sex, faith, and the mystery of existence arrives at middle age to find that the world remains a vale of soul-making. In some of these stories he is balancing two families, the one that he started in his twenties with his former college sweet-heart and the one he has just married into. In others he is traveling to Italy or Greece, Ireland or England; to Egypt, Ethiopia,...
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Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Short Stories (Single Author)
Fiction / Literary
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.15 x 8.17 x 1.25 Inches
Book Weight:1.368 Pounds
Author Biography
Updike, John (Author)
American novelist, poet, and critic John Updike was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on March 18, 1932. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, which he attended on a scholarship, in 1954. After graduation, he accepted a one-year fellowship to study painting at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England. After returning from England in 1955, he worked for two years on the staff of The New Yorker. This marked the beginning of a long relationship with the magazine, during which he has contributed numerous short stories, poems, and book reviews.

Although Updike's first published book was a collection of verse, The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures (1958), his renown as a writer is based on his fiction, beginning with The Poorhouse Fair (1959). During his lifetime, he wrote more than 50 books and primarily focused on middle-class America and their major concerns---marriage, divorce, religion, materialism, and sex. Among his best-known works are the Rabbit tetrology---Rabbit, Run (1960), Rabbit Redux (1971), Rabbit Is Rich (1981), and Rabbit at Rest (1988). Rabbit, Run introduces Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom as a 26-year-old salesman of dime-store gadgets trapped in an unhappy marriage in a dismal Pennsylvania town, looking back wistfully on his days as a high school basketball star. Rabbit Redux takes up the story 10 years later, and Rabbit's relationship with representative figures of the 1960s enables Updike to provide social commentary in a story marked by mellow wisdom and compassion in spite of some shocking jolts. In Rabbit Is Rich, Harry is comfortably middle-aged and complacent, and much of the book seems to satirize the country-club set and the swinging sexual/social life of Rabbit and his friends. Finally, in Rabbit at Rest, Harry arrives at the age where he must confront his mortality. Updike won the Pulitzer Prize for both Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest.

Updike's other novels range widely in subject and locale, fro

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