Monthly Archives: October 2015

Updike mentioned in Beerbohm review

John Updike gets a brief mention in Adam Gopnik’s review of a new New York Review of Books Classics anthology of Max Beerbohm‘s work “with the unfortunately patronizing title The Prince of Minor Writers.” Updike, he reminds us, had written the … Continue reading

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John Updike: Selected Poems: reviews

The reviews have started coming in for John Updike: Selected Poems, edited by Christopher Carduff and published by Alfred A. Knopf (cloth, 320pp., $30). To keep them consolidated we will add new reviews to this page as we become aware … Continue reading

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Society gets its first U.S.-based lifetime benefactor

John Updike Society member Lang Zimmerman, whom society members may have met at the most recent conference in Reading, Pa., has become the first U.S.-based lifetime benefactor. Zimmerman is vice president of Yelcot, a family-owned communications company based in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and is … Continue reading

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Carduff picks his 10 Best John Updike Books

Publishers Weekly asked Christopher Carduff, “who was handpicked by John Updike to edit the Library of America edition of his work” and  “also edits the posthumous Updike publications for Knopf, the later of which, John Updike: Selected Poems, will be … Continue reading

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Selected Poems establishes Updike as a serious poet

John Updike once told an interviewer, “I began as a writer of light verse, and have tried to carry over into my serious or lyric verse something of the strictness and liveliness of the lesser form.” A man of few … Continue reading

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New short story anthology includes Pigeon Feathers

On October 6, 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor. And, of course, Updike was included. This is the best of the best, really, as it’s culled … Continue reading

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Anne Tyler cites John Updike

Anne Tyler, whose novel A Spool of Blue Thread made the Man Booker 2015 shortlist, referred to Updike in remarks that appeared in The Guardian. She says that “with each new scene I have an uncomfortable sense of making it … Continue reading

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Sunday Times columnist lauds Bellow, Updike

In “The Books That Built Me, by Justin Cartwright” published October 5, 2015 in the Sunday Times, the author—a writer himself and a judge for the Canadian Giller Prize last year—writes, “If had to pick out one writer who influenced … Continue reading

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ALA call for papers: Frontiers and Borders

The American Literature Association is holding a symposium at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, from February 25-27, 2016, on “Frontiers and Borders in American Literature.” John Updike is often pegged as a mainstream writer, from The New Yorker “School of … Continue reading

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Knopf history is linked to Updike’s

On October 1, 2015, Literary Hub published “The Life and Times of Alfred A. Knopf” by Chip McGrath, excerpted from a special edition history on the occasion of the company’s 100th anniversary. Since, as McGrath points out, Updike was “the … Continue reading

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