Updike

Updike

Updike is Adam Begley’s masterful, much-anticipated biography of one of the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike—a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life and work.

In this magisterial biography, Adam Begley offers an illuminating portrait of John Updike, the acclaimed novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, who dedicated… (more)

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Editorial reviews (7 reviews)


Begley has approached his task with the conscientiousness of an admirer of the man and of his work and, while not uncritical, has completed the book in the same spirit.

This is a generous tribute to an amusing and brilliant man but, ultimately, there just isn’t much incident. Not all great writers merit a big biography.

As a biographer he's admiring without being over-protective, and is particularly good on Updike's contradictions – as an erudite populist, Lutheran hedonist, church-going iconoclast and smiling public figure with a knife


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Publisher: Harper (April 08, 2014)

Language: English


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