Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Poorhouse Fair reviewed in retrospect

Fifty-seven years after Updike’s first novel, The Poorhouse Fair, was published, it’s still attracting attention. Ray Greenblatt reviewed it last summer for the blog North of Oxford. “Since John Updike’s oeuvres have come to an end, it is fitting to revisit his … Continue reading

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Book on famous stutterers includes chapter on Updike

In Chapter 12 of Famous Stutterers, author Gerald R. McDermott begins, “Until John Updike (1932-2009), no one had ever described stuttering with such dead-on precision. Once he compared it to a traffic jam. ‘I have lots of words inside me: but … Continue reading

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Artist includes Updike book in lauded painting

In a Reading Eagle article titled “Amity Township artist paints a picture of Berks,” Ron Devlin muses that any list of things that define Berks County, Pa. would have to include “Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies like scrapple, ring bologna, shoofly pie … Continue reading

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Rabbit, Run in the running for Britain’s favorite 2nd novel

The Royal Society of Literature is polling people to discover Britain’s favorite second novel, and John Updike’s Rabbit, Run is in contention. “In selecting the books for the voting list, we have used the following criteria: Each book is the second … Continue reading

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Ian McEwan talks about the Updike influence

In a Culture segment for Five Books, novelist Ian McEwan “talks about the books that have helped shape his own—from the biography of a scientific genius to a treatise on the end of time—and the importance of finding ‘mental freedom.’” … Continue reading

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Essay on Dylan Thomas references Updike

In “Poetics in the Fiction of Dylan Thomas,” published in North of Oxford, Ray Greenblatt notes how in A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1952) “Thomas’ poetic style is revealed in the prose as well: vivid imagery, alliteration, purposeful run-on lines, many adjectives, … Continue reading

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Updike’s Rabbit tetralogy interests TV screenwriter

Could we see a TV adaptation of Updike’s Rabbit tetralogy in the future? We would if it were up to Andrew Davies, whose BBC1 adaptation of Les Miserables is expected to air next year. The 80-year-old screenwriter announced at a Radio … Continue reading

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Myth and Gospel in the Fiction of John Updike reviewed

Kathleen Verduin has written a review of John McTavish‘s Myth and Gospel in the Fiction of John Updike for Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, calling the book “a kind of bricolage: revisions and expansions of essays and reviews McTavish published since … Continue reading

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