Monthly Archives: June 2014

On the New Yorker’s manuscript bank

In the letters section of the London Review of Books, Jeremy Bernstein responds to a Christian Lorentzen article that mentions Updike and the New Yorker‘s “bank” for manuscripts that were waiting for the right space or time to be published in … Continue reading

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These Violent Delights names Updike a Best Book

Tom Shone, whose blog, These Violent Delights, is read on both sides of the Atlantic, has released his “Best of 2014 So Far” lists of films, books, music, television, and performances, and Adam Begley’s Updike tops the list of best reads. … Continue reading

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Proust, Updike, and class reunions

Willard Spiegelman, in “Proust Goes to the Country Club,” an essay published in the Summer 2014 issue of The American Scholar, contemplates remembrances of things past after attending “a largely forgettable class reunion”—with the late John Updike’s help. “As he … Continue reading

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Blogger contemplates John Updike’s Secular Vision

The New Yorker & Me, a blog by a man who calls himself Capedrifter, yesterday posted an entry titled “John Updike’s Secular Vision (Contra Christian Lorentzen),” in which he challenges Lorentz’s characterization of Updike’s art criticism. “John Updike’s art essays are … Continue reading

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Updike and Lorraine Adams considered by international scholars

The American International Journal of Contemporary Research (Vol. 4, No 3; March 2014) recently published a paper on John Updike and Lorraine Adams written by three international scholars. “Islamophobic Irony in American Fiction: a Critical Analysis of Lorraine Adams’ Harbor and … Continue reading

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Thesis: The Cultural Consciousness of John Updike

More and more scholarship is making its way online, and another thesis on Updike has come to our attention:  “The Cultural Consciousness of John Updike: Rhetorical Spaces as Representations of Americana through the ‘Rabbit’ Series,” by Michael Bonifacio (Governors State … Continue reading

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Updike mentioned in essay on New Yorker critic James Wood

In an essay written for The Millions, Charles Finch considers the “genius of James Wood, the literary critic at The New Yorker, and how it influenced the novel I’m about to publish.” But he also references John Updike in praising … Continue reading

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Amazon book editors pick Begley’s bio as the best of 2014 . . . so far

The Amazon.com book editors have released their list of Top 10 Books of the Year So Far, and topping it is Updike, by Adam Begley. “This biography of the American master goes far beyond simple chronology of this complex (and … Continue reading

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Children’s book blogger posts Updike-Wilde item

Yesterday blogger Ariel S. Winter (We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie) posted an item titled “John Updike on Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Stories,” with illustrations of The Young King and Other Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde, which was introduced by John Updike. … Continue reading

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In the Cemetery High Above Shillington

The Ontario Review, edited from 1974-2008 by the late Raymond J. Smith, husband to Joyce Carol Oates, has archived its journal and among the publications is John Updike’s poem “In the Cemetery High Above Shillington,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 1994 issue. … Continue reading

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