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John Updike, 1932-2009
JANUARY 27, 2009 TAGS:
- The New York Times' expansive obit describes a body of work, "so vast, protean and lyrical as to place [Updike] in the first rank of American authors."
- Book Critic, Michiko Kakutani's appraisal identifies Updike's "blogger-like...determination to turn every scrap of knowledge and experience into words."
-From the Boston Globe: "[Updike], whose jeweled prose and quicksilver intellect made him for decades one of America’s foremost literary figures," was an adopted son of the North Shore. He described Fenway Park as a "'a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark,” in Mr. Updike’s classic account of Ted Williams’ final game, 'Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.'"
- Six essential works by John Updike. Compiled by Amherst College Professor and author of Updike, America's Man of Letters, William Pritchard, also from the Boston Globe.
- The New Yorker brings forward three Updike essays from their pages, including his piece on bidding Ted Williams farewell at Fenway Park, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," from 1960.
- From the Paris Review Interiew, 1968:
- New York magazine finds Updike's shorter works more satisfying, more essentially Updike.
"his talent could also be very small, in the best possible way. I always go back, first, to his essays, which strike me as the purest expression of his personality: easy, sociable, curious, smart, funny, generous, and almost pathologically cheerful. He was, for my money, one of the greatest belletrists of all time — a master of the short, casual, elegant, whimsical, roving piece about absolutely anything...- In the pages of U.K.'s The Telegraph, reactions from British authors Ian McEwan and Martin Amis as well as from Philip Roth:
...Updike’s essays — my favorite collection is Picked-Up Pieces (1975) — are as smart, funny, genial, and stylistically bulletproof as any essays have ever been. They’re so abundant, in fact, so springy and alive, that, reading them, it’s impossible to accept that he’s gone."
"He is and always will be no less a national treasure than his 19th-century precursor, Nathaniel Hawthorne. His death constitutes a loss to our literature that is immeasurable."- Slate.com presents a gallery of images from Magnum Photos of Updike.
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