Monthly Archives: December 2016

Blogger considers Updike, Rabbit and Tolstoy

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and blogger Richard Smith (Richard Smith’s non-medical blogs) spent the evening pondering the connection between John Updike and his alter ego, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom—specifically, by reading, considering, and including quotes from the novella Rabbit Remembered, with a … Continue reading

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Call for papers, panels for ALA in Boston

The ALA has issued its annual Call for Papers, to be presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association on May 25-28, 2017, in Boston. As in previous years, the conference will be held at the Westin … Continue reading

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PECO Foundation continues Updike house support

The John Updike Society has just received a $10,000 donation from The PECO Foundation of New York, N.Y. to “help support the John Updike Society’s project to preserve the Updike family house.” The foundation’s support has been crucial in past … Continue reading

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Updike turns up in NYT Year in Reading retrospective

“In this season of giving,” a Dec. 19, 2016 New York Times Book Review post began, “we asked some notably avid readers—who also happen to be poets, musicians, diplomats, filmmakers, novelists, actors and artists—to share the books that accompanied them through … Continue reading

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Marry Me the subject of a University of Tehran thesis

Member Narges Zarei has completed her thesis on “Postmodern Manifestation of Romance in Updike’s Marry Me: A Romance: Dissociation from Conventional Romance,” in which she concludes that “not only does Updike relate his novel to the eight essential characteristics of a … Continue reading

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Author thinks Updike foresaw the Trump era

Writing for the American Conservative, Charles F. McElwee III asks, “Did John Updike Foresee the Trump Era?” “Revisiting Updike’s Rabbit novels is a rendezvous with prescience, for no collection of postwar fiction could help us better understand how working-class populism—in … Continue reading

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Bookseller offers Updike association copies for sale

Cloud Hill Books of New York City is selling a collection of inscribed and signed Updike first editions from the library of Theodore Vrettos and his wife, Vassile. Darren of Cloud Hill Books writes, “The Vrettos were residents of Peabody, … Continue reading

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Updike letters to be published

The John H. Updike Literary Trust announced yesterday that James Schiff will edit a volume of John Updike’s letters, with a target completion date of 2020. A publisher has not yet been named. Anyone familiar with Updike studies knows that … Continue reading

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De Bellis featured in WDIY interview

John Updike Society cofounder and former director Jack De Bellis, whose John Updike Encyclopedia and John Updike’s Early Years have been indispensable for Updike scholars, was featured in an interview on WDIY, Lehigh Valley’s Community NPR Station, on Dec. 6, … Continue reading

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Updike wrote to oppose John Lennon deportation

A City Pages article on music by Jay Boller titled “Hey Prude: How one penis-fearing Minnesotan tipped the FBI to John Lennon” tells of the reaction that started an FBI file that grew until it deportation became a threat for the former … Continue reading

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