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Writer ruminates on being caught between Updike and Moses

David Heddendorf’s “Updike or Moses?” was published in the Lent 2019 issue of The Cresset: A review of literature, the arts, and public affairs, in which he writes, “Updike and [Muriel] Spark professed their Christian faith openly, but spent most … Continue reading

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Native Son adaptation gives props to Updike

In a reveiw published in The Atlantic, Hannah Giorgis pronounced the new HBO adaptation “An Arty but Superficial Take on Native Son.” She writes that the production, directed by Rashid Johnson with a screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks, “thankfully dispenses with … Continue reading

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Writer hopes West End production of Witches goes Broadway

Writing for Broadway Direct, Mark A. Robinson compiled a list of “West End Musicals We Hope Will Come to Broadway,” and had this to say about an Updike-based production: The Witches of Eastwick—This one goes back even further than We … Continue reading

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On Updike’s birthday, site unearths the first “Rabbit” reviews

The “Book Marks” website celebrated what would have been John Updike’s 87th birthday with a list of early reviews to the “Rabbit” novels for which the author is most famous. Here are a few of them: “Rabbit, Run is a … Continue reading

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Society learns the JU Childhood Home will get a historic marker

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced yesterday afternoon that The John Updike Childhood Home was one of 18 new historical markers approved out of 55 nominees. The other high-profile approval was musician Jim Croce’s home. John Updike, who lived … Continue reading

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Updike panels set for 30th ALA conference

The John Updike Society will be well represented at the 30th annual American Literature Association Conference in Boston, May 23-26. In addition to a business meeting scheduled for noon on Thursday, May 23, the society will sponsor two panels: “Updike’s … Continue reading

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John Updike Review Vol. 6 No. 2 is published

Members of The John Updike Society should be receiving a copy of the latest issue of The John Updike Review in their mailboxes. And it will be hard to miss. Mr. Updike appears shirtless on the cover of Vol. 6 … Continue reading

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Interviewed memoirist mentions Updike

John Updike was mentioned in ​The Forward​’s article, “On The Books: 5 Questions For Stephen Shepard, Author Of ​A Literary Journey To Jewish Identity: Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers,” in which Shepard discussed his upcoming … Continue reading

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Popsugar thinks Updike’s Eastwick witches sweet

Popsugar​ had a few recommendations for readers who love books with witches in them. Not surprisingly, included in “These 11 Books About Witches Will Put a Spell on You,” by Hannah Abrams, is John Updike’s​ T​he Witches of Eastwick.​ Updike’s … Continue reading

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Updike is one of 10 important late 20th-century authors

John Updike continues to find recognition and relevance, recently included in ​ThoughtCo’s “10 Important Contemporary and Late-20th-Century Authors,” written by Mark Flanagan. Decades after his time, Updike’s legacy continues to hold relevance in the 21st century after he was recognized … Continue reading

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