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January 27, 2009

John Updike dead

John Updike, US author, has died of lung cancer, aged 76.

Updike is most well known for his Rabbit series, (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered) for which Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit At Rest both won the Pulitzer Prize.

In nearly 50 books Updike chronicled all aspects of post-war life in the USA.  He is quoted as saying his books told of "the American small town, Protestant middle class".

Updike was born in 1932 in Pennsylvania.  He attended Harvard then spent a year in Oxford, UK as an art student.

His first novel, The Poorhouse Fair was published in 1959, but it was his series of novels featuring Harold "Rabbit" Angstrom which really established him as one of the greatest novelists of his age.

Updike is survived by his second wife, Martha and his four children.


John Updike, Author of ’Rabbit, Run,’ ‘Eastwick,’ Dies at 76
Bloomberg
John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize- winning author who chronicled middle-class life in small town and suburban America ...

John Updike dies, aged 76
Washington Post, United States
US author John Updike, a leading writer of his generation who chronicled the emotional drama of American small town life with searing ...

John Updike
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom
John Updike, the writer who died on January 27 aged 76, was one of America's greatest and most prolific literary icons, acclaimed for his precise, ...

American writer John Updike dies
International Herald Tribune, France
John Updike, the kaleidoscopically gifted writer whose quartet of Rabbit Angstrom novels highlighted so vast and protean a body ...

Prolific US author John Updike dead at 76
AFP
Prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning US novelist John Updike, whose books and short stories chronicled small-town American life, has died at age ...

US author John Updike dies
Reuters UK, UK
US author John Updike, a leading writer of his generation who chronicled the drama of American suburban life with searing wit, ...

US novelist Updike dies of cancer
BBC News, UK
Renowned US novelist John Updike has died at the age of 76, his publisher has announced. He had been suffering from lung cancer. ...

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist dies from lung cancer aged 76
guardian.co.uk, UK
John Updike, the great chronicler of sex and divorce among ordinary people in postwar America, died this morning, aged 76. A prolific novelist, short-story ...

Breaking News American Novelist John Updike Dies Breaking News
Sky News, UK
American novelist John Updike, one of the giants of 20th-century literature has died, his agent has said. You can add this story to your favourites or ..

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John Updike
People Magazine
Prolific writer John Updike has died of lung cancer, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday. The Massachusetts-based Rabbit Run series author was 76. ...
 
  

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John Updike's passing is sad, but he left a ton of awesome work. "Immortality is nontransferrable" he said appropriately.

Posted by: coffee | Jan 30, 2009 7:21:18 AM