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"Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner." -- John Updike
John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic.

Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (the novels Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and the novella "Rabbit Remembered") which chronicled the life of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to his death. Both Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit At Rest (1990) received the Pulitzer Prize. He is one of only three authors (the others being Booth Tarkington and William Faulkner) to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. Updike published more than twenty novels and more than a dozen short story collections, as well as poetry, art criticism, literary criticism and children's books. Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems appeared in The New Yorker, starting in 1954. He also wrote regularly for The New York Review of Books.

Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class", Updike was well recognized for his careful craftsmanship, his unique prose style, and his prolificness. He wrote on average a book a year. Updike populated his fiction with characters who "frequently experience personal turmoil and must respond to crises relating to religion, family obligations, and marital infidelity." His fiction is distinguished by its attention to the concerns, passions, and suffering of average Americans; its emphasis on Christian theology; and its preoccupation with sexuality and sensual detail. His work has attracted a significant amount of critical attention and praise, and he is widely considered to be one of the great American writers of his time. Updike's highly distinctive prose style features a rich, unusual, sometimes arcane vocabulary as conveyed through the eyes of "a wry, intelligent authorial voice" that extravagantly describes the physical world, while remaining squarely in the realist tradition. Updike famously described his own style as an attempt "to give the mundane its beautiful due."

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Total Books: 709
John Updike Novels 19681975  Couples / Rabbit Redux / A Month of Sundays
2020 - John Updike Novels 19681975 Couples / Rabbit Redux / a Month of Sundays [LOA #326 - Library of America John Updike Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781598536492
ISBN-10: 1598536494
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

John Updike Novels 19591965 The Poorhouse Fair / Rabbit Run / The Centaur / Of the Farm
2018 - John Updike Novels 19591965 the Poorhouse Fair / Rabbit Run / the Centaur / of the Farm [The Library of America] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781598535815
ISBN-10: 1598535811
Genre: Literature & Fiction

In the Beauty of the Lilies
2017 - In the Beauty of the Lilies [Chinese Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9787532775255
ISBN-10: 7532775259

Selected Poems
2015 - Selected Poems (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781101875223
ISBN-10: 1101875224
Genre: Literature & Fiction

My Father's Tears and Other Stories
2015 - My Father's Tears and Other Stories (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781501284724
ISBN-10: 150128472X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Olinger Stories
2014 - Olinger Stories (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375712500
ISBN-10: 037571250X

John Updike The Collected Stories
2013 - John Updike the Collected Stories (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781598532500
ISBN-10: 1598532502
Genre: Literature & Fiction

John Updike Collected Early Stories
2013 - John Updike Collected Early Stories [Library of America] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781598532517
ISBN-10: 1598532510
Genre: Literature & Fiction

John Updike Collected Later Stories
2013 - John Updike Collected Later Stories [Library of America] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781598532524
ISBN-10: 1598532529
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Hugging the Shore Essays and Criticism
2013 - Hugging the Shore Essays and Criticism (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812983784
ISBN-10: 0812983785
Genre: Literature & Fiction

PickedUp Pieces Essays
2013 - Pickedup Pieces Essays (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780812983807
ISBN-10: 0812983807
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Odd Jobs Essays and Criticism
2012 - Odd Jobs Essays and Criticism (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812983791
ISBN-10: 0812983793
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Always Looking Essays on Art
2012 - Always Looking Essays on Art (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780307957306
ISBN-10: 0307957306
Genre: Arts & Photography

2012 - Terrorist (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781469233642
ISBN-10: 1469233649
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Higher Gossip Essays and Criticism
2012 - Higher Gossip Essays and Criticism (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812983685
ISBN-10: 0812983688
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Bech un libro
2012 - Bech Un Libro [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788483833902
ISBN-10: 8483833905
Genre: Literature & Fiction

SelfConsciousness Memoirs
2012 - Selfconsciousness Memoirs (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812982961
ISBN-10: 0812982967
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

The Coup A Novel
2012 - The Coup a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780812982978
ISBN-10: 0812982975
Genre: Literature & Fiction

My Father's Tears and Other Stories
2010 - My Father's Tears and Other Stories (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780345513809
ISBN-10: 0345513800
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu John Updike on Ted Williams
2010 - Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu John Updike on Ted Williams (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781598530711
ISBN-10: 1598530712
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors
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The Widows of Eastwick
2009 - The Widows of Eastwick (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780753184707
ISBN-10: 0753184702

2009 - The Witches of Eastwick [Thorndike Press Large Print Famous Authors Series] (Hardcover)
2009 - Terroriste [Terrorist - French Edition] (Other)
2008 - The Witches of Eastwick [Eastwick, Bk 1 - Audio CD - Unabridged] (Audio CD)
2008 - Marry Me [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2007 - Terrorista/ Terrorist [Coleccion Andanzas - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Terrorist [Audio CD - Abridged] (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
2007 - Poolside [Durabooks] (Paperback)
2007 - Couples [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2007 - A Month of Sundays [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2006 - Brazil [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2006 - The Coup [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2006 - Toward the End of Time [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2006 - S a Novel [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2006 - Terrorist [Audio CD - Unabridged] (Audio CD)
2006 - Roger's Version [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)
2006 - Rabbit at Rest [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2006 - Rabbit Is Rich [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
2005 - Geld (Hardcover)
2005 - The Rich Boy [Modern Voices] (Paperback)
2005 - Lots of Laughs Vol 18 [Selected Shorts Series] (Audio CD)
2003 - The John Updike Audio Collection [Audio CD - Unabridged] (Audio CD)
2003 - Slow Food [The Case For Taste] (Hardcover)
2002 - Brasil / Brazil [Fabula / Fables - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1999 - Bech at Bay [Quasi-Novels] (Paperback)
1999 - New American Short Stories [Lernmaterialien] (Paperback)
1998 - Les Sorcieres Deastwick [French Edition] (Paperback)
1997 - The Song of Solomon Love Poetry of the Spirit [The Lion Classic Bible] (Paperback)
1997 - The Saint / Fortitude / Unlocking the Air / the Further Adventures of Chauncey Alcock [Best of Playboy Fiction, Vol. 5 - Audio Cassette - Unabridged] (Audio Cassette)
1996 - Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories [G K Hall Large Print Perennial] (Hardcover)
1994 - Conversations with John Updike [Literary Conversations Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
1992 - Rabbit in Ruhe [Rabbit at Rest - German Edition] (Paperback)
1990 - Rabbit at Rest [Rabbit Angstrom, Bk 4] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
1988 - Sltd (Hardcover)
1985 - Problems (Paperback)
1982 - Beloved (Hardcover)
1982 - Rabbit Redux [Harry Rabbit Angstrom, Bk 2] (Paperback)Paperback
A Rabbit Omnibus [Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich] (Hardcover)
A Month of Sundays [Crest, C2701] (Paperback)
The Alligators [Short Story Library] (Hardcover)
Brother Grasshopper [Limited Signed Edition] (Hardcover)
A Conciencia [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Parejas [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Suenos De Golf [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Lo Que Queda Por VIvir [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Busca Mi Rostro [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)