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John Updike's Life and Writing

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Updike is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature. Adam Begley talks about his biography of the Updike—a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life and work. Updike explores how Updike’s fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life—including his enduring religious faith, his two marriages, and his first-hand experience of the “adulterous society” he was credited with exposing in the bestselling Couples.

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Adam Begley

Comments [1]

Tucker Ranson from Manhattan

At the time the paperback version of Couples came out, I was a young man working at a bookstore located in Penn Station. We could not even put the book on the shelves. I stood next to the cash register and handed out copies straight out of the carton and turned people away when we ran out.

Apr. 14 2014 12:59 PM

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