Monthly Archives: March 2018

Books Tell You Why: Updike and The Scarlet Letter

Updike scholars who know James Schiff’s John Updike Revisited (1998) will find this familiar ground. But Books Tell You Why recently published an article by Brian Hoey titled, “Hawthorne Heights: How John Updike Rewrote The Scarlet Letter,” which focuses on Updike’s reimagination … Continue reading

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Moore comments on Updike

The New York Times just published a review of Lorrie Moore’s collection of essays and reviews, See What Can Be Done, which included the acclaimed author’s review for John Updike’s early short stories. As Dwight Garner writes, “Reviewing a collection … Continue reading

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Sylvia Plath auction shows the comparative value of author typewriters

Somewhere in a Guardian article about a recent auction of Sylvia Plath miscellany there’s a comparative mention of the value of author typewriters, and Updike’s name comes up: “. . . a proof of The Bell Jar, complete with her … Continue reading

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Some nice presents for Updike’s birthday

Today John Hoyer Updike would have marked his 86th birthday, and in recent days several articles have surfaced that would have pleased him enough to seem like thoughtful presents. Yesterday, we heard from a former fact-checker for The New Yorker, … Continue reading

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Updike in Serbia conference will be truly international

    When the John Updike Society holds its first conference outside the United States, hosted by the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, June 1-5, it will be the largest-ever international gathering devoted to Updike … Continue reading

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Updike interview book re-released in paperback

Lehigh University Press will re-release John Updike’s Pennsylvania Interviews, edited by James Plath, in paperback on March 15, 2018. That’s good news for individuals who didn’t want to put out $105.00 for the hardcover version that was published in 2016. … Continue reading

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Mary Weatherall celebration of life scheduled for May 5

The obituary for Mary Pennington (Updike) Weatherall published by the Local reports that a celebration of her life will be held at First Church in Ipswich, UCC, One Meetinghouse Green, on Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. And there … Continue reading

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