John Updike died on Tuesday, January 27th, ending a long career as an important American literary genius. A prolific writer of novels, short stories, and essays, he chronicled American middle-class life for five decades. His writing was lyrical, witty, and extremely popular. We have quite a few of his books in our collection.
As a teenager, when Updike lived down the road from my family, I knew him as that funny-looking guy with the big face and gigantic nose who used to play tennis with my father. I remember being very startled by Couples, his only blockbuster bestseller.
Jane Smiley, novelist, says this about Updike;
“I, like many many others, appreciate and love your work, which is grand and precise, and funny and sad, and thoughtful and beautiful, and always fun to read.”