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Updike invoked in Thinking on Scripture essay

In a post titled “The Despair of Atheism and the Hope of Christianity” on his Thinking on Scripture blog, Dr. Steven R. Cook wrote, “Consider also this view of death by the atheist John Updike, from his novel, Pigeon Feathers:” … Continue reading

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Literary Hub recommends the best Bard reimaginings

Last week Literary Hub ran an article “On Reimagining the Infinite Dramatic Scope of Shakespeare and His Immortal Characters,” in which Kathryn Barker recommended “five cracking titles that rework the Bard’s famous plays.” It will come as no surprise to … Continue reading

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America Magazine recounts Updike’s views on Santa and Christ

In an article titled “John Updike: Suspicious of Santa, but fond of Christ” written for America Magazine, writer James T. Keane played to the season and began his feature with a quote from John Updike: “A man of no plausible … Continue reading

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Keanu Reeves says Updike’s Rabbit novels are now his favorite

Keanu Reeves was in the news again with the release of the new Matrix film, The Matrix Resurrections, in which Reeves reprises his iconic role of Neo. That means he’s now a hot interview subject, and interviewer Swapnil Dhruv Bose … Continue reading

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Former minister says Updike all but told his story

In an opinion piece for Baptist News, David Ramsey contemplated “Atheism and agnosticism: The last closet,” which began, “In 1996, John Updike released his 17th novel, In the Beauty of the Lilies, a story about a Presbyterian minister, Clarence Wilmot, … Continue reading

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New NY Times book editors share book criticism favorites

In an article titled “Times Critics Discuss 2021 in Books, From Breakout Stars to Cover Blurbs,” new critics Molly Young and Alexandra Jacobs were asked if they had any all-time favorite books of criticism that they would recommend people “delve … Continue reading

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Meaningful ornament donated for the Updike house tree

They say good things come in small packages. Surprising things, too. When Updike house Director of Education Maria Lester opened a package recently, she found a smiling John Updike ornament. On the back of the ornament: “Ho Ho Ho! Casting … Continue reading

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First Updike house open hours draw interest

Twenty locals visited The John Updike Childhood Home on the first Saturday of limited regular hours (12-2pm), Director of Education Maria Lester reported. With a Christmas tree in the parlor the feeling was festive, and a half dozen children also … Continue reading

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John Updike Childhood Home establishes hours

For additional information, contact Director of Education Maria Lester, mlester@albright.edu.

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The argument over Updike’s literary legacy

Shortly before The John Updike Society convened in Reading, Pa. for their 6th Biennial Conference, Jonathan Clarke published a piece in City Journal titled “John Updike and the Politics of Literary Reputation.” In it, he assesses the current problem: Updike’s … Continue reading

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