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John Updike: The Collected Stories (Library of America) Hardcover – September 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Library of America
  • Hardcover: 1872 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; Box edition (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598532502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598532500
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Carduff is the editor of John Updike’s posthumous collections Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism (2011) and Always Looking: Essays on Art (2012), and has been a consulting editor for The Library of America since 2006. He lives in Melrose, Massachusetts.

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John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 lived in Massachusetts. He was the father of four children and the author of more than fifty books, including collections of short stories, poems, essays, and criticism. His novels won the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal. A previous collection of essays, Hugging the Shore, received the 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. John Updike died on January 27, 2009, at the age of 76.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Great Faulkner's Ghost TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 18, 2013
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Three years later, the premature passing of John Updike still grieves me, but this beautiful set lifted my emotions once again. As great as Updike's best novels were, to my mind, he was truly at his most consistent best in the short story medium. This volume contains all of his published stories, as well as a few rarities/variants, and is the first to be arranged chronologically by date of publication. As much as he did in the Rabbit tetrology, in his short fiction Updike seems to capture the full range of pleasures, contradictions, and deeply felt passions of the American middle class (and more often upper middle suburban), as its warriors, lovers, and often warring-lovers negotiated the shoals of married life from the era of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, through the era of the Clintons. Since Updike's work is clearly self-recommending, I need not say more, except to those who know him mostly through the Rabbit books: the short stories offer Updike at his most delicious -- and precise -- best.
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For Updike fans this two volume collection of his short stories are wonderful sequential read of his "lucid eye" developing in the art of the New Yorker type short story. Taken as an extraordinary master of the autobiographic fictive tale of late Twentieth century middle class ethos along the Eastern Seaboard, highly recommended for writers and students of American culture.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Soini on May 22, 2014
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whether you are renewing or expanding your awareness of updike, or stumbling on someone new to you, this collection of short stories can hardly be put down once you start
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