Hello, my fellow literary enthusiasts. The 18th of March marked the birthday of the beloved author John Updike. Although I’m a few days late, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate his birth with a quote from his work, “Rabbit is Rich”.
If you’re an Updike fan or simply curious about his work, check out the list below.
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First up, learn more about Updike by reading a quick biography provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): “John Updike: A Biography.”
Get into his psyche by reading his interview with Charles Thomas Samuels from The Paris Review: “John Updike, The Art of Fiction No. 43.”
“They both have a rather un-middle-class appetite for the jubilant horrible truth, and after filling my childhood with warmth and color, they have let me make my adult way without interference and been never other than encouraging, even when old wounds were my topic, and a child’s vision of things has been lent the undue authority of print. I have written free from any fear of forfeiting their love.”
Want to read more of Updike’s work? The New Yorker offers a digital upload of his work from 1960: “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.”
Finally, if you’re a literature student or enjoy literary criticism, then take a look at Updike’s rules on the subject. This piece was created by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings) and published at The Atlantic: “John Updike’s 6 Rules for Constructive Criticism.”
If you have any pieces related to Updike, feel free to post a link to them in the comments. Also, in case you missed it, check out last week’s curation of Márquez’s: “10 Best Gabriel García Márquez Quotes.”