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Updike in Cincinnati: A Literary Performance Hardcover – May 29, 2007

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"I had a great time in Cincinnati; but why is there no shrine to Doris Day?" - John Updike"

About the Author

James Schiff is an associate professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of several books on contemporary fiction, including John Updike Revisited and Understanding Reynolds Price. His work has appeared in the Southern Review, the Missouri Review, Tin House, and elsewhere.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821417487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821417485
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,363,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By olingerstories on August 25, 2008
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The book is a running commentary of Updike visiting Cincinnati, reading a few short stories, interacting with some "Updike" experts, and answering questions. Updike is honest about his appearance, he likes getting paid, although he has trouble looking anyone in the eye. The interesting aspect to me was how different critics kept on identifying the significance of his early short story, "Packed Dirt."
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