John Updike

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John Updike

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born
in Shillington, Pennsylvania, The United States
March 18, 1932

died
January 27, 2009

gender
male

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influences
Henry Green, James Joyce, Marcel Proust, J.D. Salinger, James Thurber


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John Hoyer Updike (born March 18, 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania) was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, having published 22 novels and more than a dozen short story collections as well as poetry, literary criticism and children's books. Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems have appeared in The New Yorker since the 1950s. His works often explore sex, faith, and death, and their inter-relationships.

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“Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.”
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“Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings.”
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“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”
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