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 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 >

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SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS: Memoirs by John Updike
Released: March 18, 1989

Six iridescent essays in lieu of an autobiography. Read full book review >

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TOSSING AND TURNING by John Updike
Released: May 1, 1977

"Each reader will make his own choice."
Industrious novelist John Updike has rounded up another collection of verse, and lo! in this medium he grows serious even while his novels turn into "entertainments." Read full book review >

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BECH by John Updike
Released: June 15, 1970

"And of course with enough style to assure that the chicken soup is indeed an aspic."
Actuality is a running impoverishment of possibility"—thus the reduction ad diverting absurdum of Bech, man manque and failed artist for whom there can be no spiritual Baume Bengue. Read full book review >

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THE CARPENTERED HEN by John Updike
Released: March 1, 1958

"For the market that has enjoyed the deftness and the everyman touches of McGinley, Fishback, or the originality of Nash, these will speak gaily."
Over 50 turns for the verse of a nimble minded (and witted and footed) newcomer, from The New Yorker, display a bent for word usage, the exercise of ideas, spontaneity, and a pleasant type of ingenuity. Read full book review >

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THE POORHOUSE FAIR by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1958

"For those whose pleasure lies in words and phrases and a sudden, awakening glimpse of different worlds and people around them."
An ingenious poet (The Carpentered Hen, p. 59, published by Harper) reveals a distinctive ability for portraying, clinically, sparsely, not only a place, — the poor-house, the incidents — inmates versus management, but also the quality of age and its relinquishing, reluctantly, of the past. Read full book review >

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JOHN!  by Rolin Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"While sometimes offering a confusing tangle of voices that lack individual features, this tale delivers a fresh and well-researched fictionalization of the assembling of the Apostles from John's point of view."
A young John the Apostle leaves his home to follow Jesus in this debut biblical novel. Read full book review >

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THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2008

"A work of old age that takes its time, gently drawing us into its knowing orbit. We inhabit this story as we do the later stages of our own lives. Some will not like the book, but it is a vital part of the Updike experience."
Once again summoning characters from his previous books, Updike catches up with the fetching trio of amateur sorceresses introduced in The Witches of Eastwick (1984). Read full book review >

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SEEK MY FACE by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2002

"Another new fictional world entered, as Updike himself enters old age, with skills and ambitions very much intact."
Updike's 20th novel is, like its predecessor, Gertrude and Claudius (2000), yet another illustration of this adventurous writer's enduring curiosity, versatility, and stylistic energy. Read full book review >