John Updike


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

Died
January 27, 2009

Genre

Influences


John Hoyer Updike 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.

He died of lung cancer at age 76.

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Rabbit, Run

3.58 avg rating — 51,524 ratings — published 1960 — 104 editions
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Rabbit Is Rich (Rabbit Angs...

3.91 avg rating — 15,333 ratings — published 1981 — 57 editions
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Rabbit at Rest (Rabbit Angs...

3.98 avg rating — 14,216 ratings — published 1990 — 49 editions
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Rabbit Redux (Rabbit Angstr...

3.80 avg rating — 13,713 ratings — published 1971
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The Witches of Eastwick (Ea...

3.26 avg rating — 14,856 ratings — published 1984 — 84 editions
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Couples

3.58 avg rating — 4,748 ratings — published 1968 — 60 editions
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The Centaur

3.71 avg rating — 4,132 ratings — published 1963 — 56 editions
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Terrorist

3.17 avg rating — 4,193 ratings — published 2007 — 61 editions
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