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 to promote and sustain 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 is working to preserve The John Updike Childhood Home in Shillington, Pa., hosts biennial conferences which members can attend, and also publishes a journal of Updike criticism and scholarship that members receive with their paid dues.

Currently the Society has 285 members from 17 different countries, with nearly as many non-academics as professors and teachers.

To join, send the following information to James Plath, Dept. of English, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL 61702-2900:  Your name, university affiliation (if any), preferred mailing address, phone, and preferred email address. And, of course, your dues. Membership renewals can be sent to the same address.

Though we still are not equipped to take credit card payments, 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.