Search Results: "John Updike"


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ASSORTED PROSE OF UPDIKE by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1965

"Kennedy and Eliot are, however, sturdy, brilliant accomplishments, further reminders of Updike's dazzling versatility: the fine critical-mind the comedic talent, the moving, decorous eulogist."
Updike, still in his early thirties, is probably the most gifted, certainly the most prolific, writer of his generation. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 25, 2000

"Above all, this book should help those who haven't read all of Updike's work recognize his extraordinary ability and understand his unique contribution to 20th-century American literature."
This appreciation of John Updike's 40-year literary career is remarkable for its concise, critical assessments of nearly every one of the writer's 48 books. Read full book review >

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UPDIKE by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Thorough, intelligent and respectful, but more bite would have released more of Updike's blood."
A sympathetic, full-meal-deal biography—life, literary works, reputation—of John Updike (1932-2009), who was considered by many to be the most talented of his generation. Read full book review >

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A CHILD'S CALENDAR by John Updike
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"The thoughts and language are slightly elevated but not beyond the ken of children, and the pictures enrich the poetry with specific, often amusing, incidents. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Updike has revised a set of 12 short poems, one per month, first published in 1965, and Hyman's busy, finely detailed scenes replace the original edition's illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Read full book review >

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GOLF DREAMS by John Updike
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An enjoyable experience cover-to-cover and tee-to-green."
This gathering of 30 previously published fictional works, articles, and essays demonstrates Updike's "impassioned but imperfect devotion" to the game of golf. Read full book review >

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BRAZIL by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Saul Bellow's finest book, Henderson the Rain King, is still unchallenged as the only American novel of our era to do that."
The indefatigable Updike only occasionally succeeds here. Read full book review >

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ROGER'S VERSION by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1986

"It's only too bad that it couldn't have more fully been shown than said."
Roger here is Roger Lambert, a grouchy, burnt-out divinity-school professor, a give-no-quarter Karl Barth-ian who one day entertains a visitor in his office: a pale and unprepossessing researcher in the computer facilities of the University. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 21, 1983

"The least lazy of our critics, he may now be our best."
It's entirely possible that history's choice for the finest literary critic to find steady exposure in the pages of the New Yorker will not be Edmund Wilson—but rather John Updike, who here gathers over 100 reviews and essays from recent years. Read full book review >

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BUCHANAN DYING  by John Updike
Released: April 1, 1974

"Il est plus aise de connaitre l'homme en general, que de connaitre un homme en particulier' — might serve as a fitting clue to the fundamental absence of emotional interest, since the most revealing, intimate touch about Buchanan's character in Updike's dry, cold, statuesque play comes in an early stage direction: 'This is the so-called Back Bedroom, preferred by the dying man perhaps because, being over the kitchen, it was warm."
John Updike has made a stalwart attempt to rescue James Buchanan from historical oblivion — and failed. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 1969

"O, for a good record and an honest retelling."
An utterly mindless adaptation in which the only beautiful thing is Mendelssohn's music, and that's soundless. Read full book review >

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PIGEON FEATHERS by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1962

"For the connoisseurs, a collection of merit."
The eclat of this writer's career (The Poorhouse Fair, 1959, and Run. Read full book review >

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A CENTURY OF ARTS AND LETTERS by John Updike
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 1998

"Nearly every entry re-explains who Johnson and Vanamee were or rehashes the early scandals."
A surprisingly dull collection of essays commemorating America's preeminent institution of arts and letters on its centennial. Read full book review >