Monthly Archives: July 2017

Updike scholarship still going strong

Authors’ literary fortunes seem to rise and fall over time, but critical interest in John Updike has remained fairly steady over the years. Two books were published in the ’60s and six in the ’70s, when his reputation was still … Continue reading

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About that David Foster Wallace-John Updike thing . . .

John Updike Society president Jim Plath appeared as a guest on an episode of The Great Concavity podcast that was recorded live in front of attendees at the fourth annual David Foster Wallace conference at Illinois State University in Normal, … Continue reading

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Registration opens for Updike conference in Serbia

Registration is now open for the 5th Biennial John Updike Society Conference, June 1-5 2018, hosted by the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology. The conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of Couples and Updike abroad and in translation. All are welcome to … Continue reading

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On writers and reflections on birds

In a review-article of As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Books and Birds by Alex Preston and Neal Gower that was recently published in the Financial Times (subscription required), John Updike merits a mention: “The book is in 21 short sections, each based on … Continue reading

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Of COURSE Updike makes a list of books about adultery

Only 247 people voted for “The Best Books About Adultery” thus far, but those folks don’t seem to be familiar with John Updike’s Rabbit novels, none of which made the top 100. That includes two Pulitzer Prize winners—Rabbit Is Rich, in … Continue reading

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PureWow recommends 50 funny books

Updike lovers might be hard pressed to cite their favorite “funny” Updike book. Is it A Month of Sundays, with its comedic premise of a clergyman sent to a curative retreat for wayward ministers because he was getting a little … Continue reading

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Literary Takes on the Visual Arts? Look to Updike, et alia

Writing for Signature: Making well-read sense of the world, Tobias Carroll comes up with a list of “Literary Takes on the Visual: 10 Novelists on Fine Art.”  Of Updike, he writes: “When John Updike’s name is mentioned, most readers initially … Continue reading

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Your own Golf Dreams should include a course in Essex, Mass.

Pamela Tomlin recently posted a travel article on “14 Places to Explore on Massachusetts’ North Shore,” and included was Cape Ann Golf Course in Essex: “Looking to tee it up? Here is a North Shore hidden gem of a small … Continue reading

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All-TIME Best Non-Fiction Book list includes Updike

Book Advice just released a list of All-TIME Best Non-Fiction Books, and with 1142 of them listed you’d expect that just about every major author would be included. They’re rated, and the Top 10 feature some pretty heavy hitters: Essays … Continue reading

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Updike included in Henry Green tribute

In a tribute to British author Henry Green (1905-73) titled “A reintroduction to the poet of modern fiction,” Danny Heitman begins with an observation and a quote from John Updike: “Green’s books haven’t remained reliably in print, evidence of his … Continue reading

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