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John Updike : a critical biography

Author: Bob Batchelor
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, An imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Widely considered "America's Man of Letters," John Updike is a prolific novelist and critic with an unprecedented range of work across more than 50 years. No author has ever written from the variety of vantages or spanned topics like Updike did. Despite being widely recognized as one of the nation's literary greats, scholars have largely ignored Updike's vast catalog of work outside the Rabbit tetralogy. This work  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Updike; John Updike; John Updike
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Batchelor
ISBN: 9780313384035 0313384037 0313384045 9780313384042
OCLC Number: 810111194
Description: xvi, 230 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: John Updike: an American writer and his times --
Why write: Updike as craftsman, professional, and celebrity --
Pennsylvania as American ideal --
Updike's poetry --
Rabbit, run and American culture --
Chronicler of American sexuality --
Rabbit lives and dies --
Between writer and reader: Updike as critic --
Master storyteller --
Radical departures: Updike as experimental novelist --
Updike's audience --
Racing toward the apocalypse: Updike's new America --
Evolution of a literary lion.
Responsibility: Bob Batchelor.


One of the world's greatest writers, John Updike chronicled America for more than five decades. This book examines the essence of Updike's writing, propelling our understanding of his award-winning  Read more...
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"[H]olds a great deal of interest for a general audience as well as the Updike specialist." - American Studies The University of Kansas "A fundamental dimension of this biography is Batchelor's Read more...

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