Membership in The John Updike Society is inclusive, with teachers, scholars, readers, collectors, and anyone interested in literature by John Updike invited to join. Like all single-author societies, The John Updike Society is organized for the purpose of promoting and sustaining interest in the fiction, poetry, criticism, and essays of our author (see History/Mission section for the wording of our mission statement). The Society owns and operates The John Updike Childhood Home in Shillington, Pa. as a literary center and museum, holds biennial conferences that members can attend, and co-publishes (with the University of Cincinnati) The John Updike Review, a journal of Updike criticism and scholarship that members receive with their paid dues.

Currently the Society has 300+ members from 17 different countries, with nearly as many non-academics as professors and teachers.

To join or renew, send the following information to John Updike Society, James Plath, Dept. of English, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1312 Park St., PO Box 2900, Bloomington, IL 61702-2900:  Your name, preferred mailing address, phone, and preferred email address. And, of course, your dues (see options below).

Sorry, no money orders. Payment is by checks drawn on a U.S. bank or PayPal (send payment to

Though we still are not equipped to take credit card payments, only PayPal, discounted multiple-year memberships are now possible:

Regular dues                                Grad students/retirees

$30/year                                        $25/year

$57/two years                                $47/two years

$81/three years                             $68/three years

$125/five years                              $100/five years


$1000/lifetime benefactor

*A $500 lifetime membership can be upgraded to a lifetime benefactor membership with the additional payment of $500 at any time.