The John Updike Encyclopedia by Jack De Bellis

By Jack De Bellis

John Updike is likely one of the so much seminal American writers of the 20 th century and essentially the most prolific to boot. as well as his best-selling novels, he has written various poems, brief tales, stories, and essays. His writing constantly finds stylistic brilliance, and during his engagement with America's ethical and non secular difficulties, his works chronicle America's hopes and goals, mess ups and disappointments. even though he's an significantly renowned author, the complexity and magnificence of his works have elicited transforming into scholarly consciousness. via numerous hundred alphabetically prepared entries, this ebook offers either informal and severe readers a superb advisor to his lifestyles and writings.

Whether the reader is looking for a unique precis, an authoritative research of topics, elucidation of an allusion, or some extent approximately Updike's lifestyles or demeanour of composition, the encyclopedia is vital. A chronology summarizes the most important occasions in Updike's occupation, whereas an introductory essay examines his development as a author, from his crafted gentle verse and expert experiences to his cutting edge novels and tales. The entries that keep on with summarize Updike's books, describe all significant characters, clarify allusions, determine significant photos and emblems, research crucial topics, speak about his lifestyles and profession, and draw at the most vital scholarship. Entries comprise bibliographies, and the quantity closes with a listing of works for extra reading.

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For a family, the results can be emotionally devastating (“Separating” [TF]) and even lead to death*: Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom’s* adultery results in his baby’s drowning and perhaps an abortion* (RR), while in RRed adultery contributes to Jill Pendleton’s* death. In Couples Piet Hanema’s* affair brings about an abortion and the breakup of two homes; two families dissolve in one ending of Marry. Adultery and divorce bring to Joey Robinson* a new wife but to his mother a heart attack (OF ). Discarded women of adulterers are wretched—Janice Angstrom* and Ruth Leonard Byer* (RR), Jill (RRed), Teresa Angstrom* (RaR), Angela Hanema,* Verna Ekelof* (RV ), Norma Latchett* (BIB ), Joan Maple* (TF )—and sometimes vindictive—Georgene Thorne (Couples), Jane Smart,* Sukie Rougemont* and Alexandra Spofford* (W ) and Gloria Turnbull* (TE ).

1978 The Coup (novel) published. Updike testifies in Boston against government support of the arts before the House Subcommittee on Select Education and Labor. 1979 Problems and Other Stories published. Too Far to Go: The Maples Stories published and produced as an NBC two-hour movie directed by Fielder Cook, with Blythe Danner, Kathryn Walker and Michael Moriarty, and screenplay by William Hanley. Talk from the Fifties published. 1980 “Gesturing” included in The Best American Short Stories 1980.

John’s Episcopal Church. Receives an Albright College (Reading, Pennsylvania) honorary degree. ” 1983 Hugging the Shore (articles and reviews) published; the following year it wins the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. In May Updike receives the Pennsylvania Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist Award from Governor Richard Thornburgh. “Deaths of Distant Friends” included in the Best American Short Stories 1983, and “The City” included in O. Henry Prize Stories 1983. Wins the Lincoln Literary Award bestowed by the Union League Club.

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