View Full Version : John Updike died
01-27-2009, 05:37 PM
Really sad news. John Updike died today: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28877018?GT1=43001. (The NY Times has a good in-depth article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/books/28updike.html?hp).
Thanks for Rabbit, the Maples, Bech, and so on and so on!
01-27-2009, 10:28 PM
I'm sure most here are familiar with him for writing THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.
The thing about Updike is that he was really in love with literature... I think he must hold the record for most quotes on the back of other writers' works. What I really enjoyed about Updike was how enthusiastic his prose was, how energetic. You could tell he loved to write... when I first read RABBIT, RUN, my initial reaction was that he was a show-off, but really it was his passion for all things literary showing up on the page. It was infectuous... it's impossible to read an Updike novel and not be enthralled with the very artform of writing.
What a sad day... he will be missed.
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