Monday, February 2, 2009

John Updike, 1932-2009

John Updike, well-known author, poet and critic, passed away earlier this week at the age of 76. Updike attended Harvard as well as the University of Oxford. He had a brief stint as a contributor at the New Yorker. Updike won a National Book Award and was admitted to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

His works are known the world over. A good example of this is The Witches of Eastwick, which was also made into a feature film. Updike wrote the sequel years later with The Widows of Eastwick, which was released last year. The Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom series is what Updike will be remembered for. The series consists of Rabbit, Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, and Rabbit at Rest. The fifth part of the story, Rabbit Remembered, is included within the book Licks of Love, which also contains several of Updike's short stories. Click here to see all of the works by John Updike that are available in the library!

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