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John Updike revisited

Author: James A Schiff
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1998.
Series: Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 704.
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In the first comprehensive study of Updike's oeuvre to appear in a decade, James Schiff takes on the enormous task of understanding this versatile and brilliant writer. In this up-to-date overview, Schiff provides commentary on recent individual works that have yet to receive critical treatment: Memories of the Ford Administration, Brazil, and In the Beauty of the Lilies. He treats individual works and aspects of  Read more...
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Schiff, James A., 1958-
John Updike revisited.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998
(OCoLC)608908848
Named Person: John Updike; John Updike; John Updike; John Updike
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James A Schiff
ISBN: 0805746110 9780805746112
OCLC Number: 38249005
Description: xvi, 228 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : America's bourgeois artist --
Pennsylvania novels : memorializing --
Rabbit angstrom : American icon, American epic --
The marriage novels --
Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter --
Master of the small canvas : a selection of short stories --
Recreating American history : Buchanan, the movies, and the Updikes --
The quest for identity on foreign shores --
Updike ignored : The contemporary independent critic --
Conclusion : Updike's place in American literature.
Series Title: Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 704.
Other Titles: John Updike revised
Responsibility: James A. Schiff.

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In the first comprehensive study of Updike's oeuvre to appear in a decade, James Schiff takes on the enormous task of understanding this versatile and brilliant writer. In this up-to-date overview, Schiff provides commentary on recent individual works that have yet to receive critical treatment: Memories of the Ford Administration, Brazil, and In the Beauty of the Lilies. He treats individual works and aspects of Updike's oeuvre that have been partially or entirely ignored: his critical, nonfictional prose, and works like The Poorhouse Fair, Buchanan Dying, and The Witches of Eastwick. He offers complete readings of the two multivolume works: the Rabbit tetralogy and the Scarlet Letter trilogy. Finally, he attempts to see and understand the entire Updike, the versatile man of letters and author of nearly 50 volumes.

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