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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2014: Especially with fiction, It’s often useful to separate artists from their art, to assume that a novel, or an entire body of work, isn’t thinly veiled autobiography. Updike, Adam Begley’s exhaustive and revealing account of the American master’s life, begs us to reconsider that doctrine. Detailed yet readable, it goes far beyond describing the chronology of this unsurprisingly complex (and often paradoxical) character, layering on the lit crit where John Updike’s real life bled into his novels. Essential for admirers and illuminating for anyone with an interest in literature, Updike already merits consideration as one of the best biographies of 2014. --Jon Foro
Updike fans will want to read this book.
Writer Adam Begley writes a comprehensive and detailed literary biography of one of the most renowned authors of the Post-Modern era John Updike.
In this biography Updike, author Adam Begley does good job of giving the reader insight as how Updike evolved as a writer and artist.
Adam Begley's UPDIKE is a professional, workman-like biography of John Updike, but unlike Updike's writings, it definitely isn't a page turner. Read morePublished 6 days ago by olingerstories
I loved this telling of Updike's life story. His bio and his writings were so intimately intertwined. Read morePublished 15 days ago by M. Durrett
Outstanding on the first half of Updike's career, but scurries over the last 30 years, evidently because of lack of cooperation from Updike's widow. That is a serious deficiency. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Richard Rabicoff
I don't trust bios written by anyone other than the subject (autobiographies). The book Ray (by Ray Charles) is in Ray's words. Not very detailed but factual. Read morePublished 20 days ago by ken cross
First of all I don't know how anyone can give this biography less than four stars. I found it to be one of the best biographies of a literary figure I have ever read. Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick O'Hara
THIS BIOGRAPHY WAS NOT EASILY READ, AND PERHAPS IS BETTER APPRECIATED BY ONE THAT SHARES UPDIKES PROFESSIONAL LIFE.Published 1 month ago by S. Lyall