Monthly Archives: March 2014

Begley: How JU Turned Everything in His Life to His Advantage in Fiction

Vulture.com today posted a story by Updike biographer Adam Begley—a segment, really, from Updike. For those who can’t wait to get a copy, it’s pretty much an official teaser: “How John Updike Turned Everything in His Life to His Advantage … Continue reading

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Blogger contemplates a passage from Self-Consciousness

The Friday, March 21 2014 post for The Bully Pulpit blog was titled “John Updike on Falling Airplanes and His Faith in a Fallen World,” in which the writer thoughtfully responds to a long “magisterial” passage from Updike’s Self-Consciousness: Memoirs. … Continue reading

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Updike-rich Chatterboxes turn up at Heritage Auctions

A collection of 25 issues of the Shillington High School newspaper, the Chatterbox—to which John Updike contributed both artwork and written features—is being sold on April 2 by Heritage Auctions. Interested buyers may also place bids online, starting now. The minimum … Continue reading

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Everyman’s Library to publish Olinger Stories in October

On October 7, 2014, Everyman’s Library will publish a 50th-anniversary edition of Olinger Stories, by John Updike. Originally published in the fall of 1964 as a Vintage paperback original, this Everyman’s edition will mark the book’s first appearance in hardcover—and … Continue reading

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In case you missed it: Adam Gopnik’s essay “On Updike’s Long Game”

Adam Gopnik wrote a feature titled “A Fan’s Notes on Updike’s Long Game” for Humanties magazine, Vol. 29 No. 3 (May/June 2008) that finds him concluding that “if the persistent journalist in him is one of the things that has … Continue reading

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Updike celebrated on The Writer’s Almanac

Today, John Updike’s birthday, Garrison Keillor published a written and audio version of “Frankie Laine,” a poem by Updike that begins, “The Stephens’ Sweet Shop, 1949.” In it, Updike recalls the atmosphere of the popular hangout for Shillington H.S. students … Continue reading

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Article on Updike house restoration appears

Today, Berks-Mont News featured an article on the restoration of The John Updike Childhood Home, written by Emily Thiel, editor of The Southern Berks News and Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers: “Happy Birthday John Updike:  John Updike Society and … Continue reading

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Updike would have turned 82 today

John Updike would have turned 82 today, and while there aren’t a lot of birthday tributes on the Internet now, in 2010 a site devoted to famous persons’ birthdays featured Updike: “Happy Birthday, John Updike, Prolific Novelist, Critic and Poet”

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Begley to speak at 92Y NYC event

So where will Adam Begley be on April 8, the day his biography Updike is published? At least one event has been announced. Begley, who will be a keynote speaker at the Third Biennial John Updike Society Conference at Alvernia … Continue reading

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Milwaukee blogger considers “Wife-wooing” and other Updike stories

Jim Higgins of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted another consideration of an Updike story yesterday, still fulfilling his declared purpose of “reading and commenting on a story from The Library of America’s John Updike: The Collected Stories each Wednesday until I … Continue reading

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