John Updike was the author of more than sixty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have been honored with the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the National Book Award, and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hugging the Shore, an earlier collection of essays and reviews, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. He died in January 2009.
“[John Updike is] a master of prose as supple, luscious and precise as any since Nabokov. . . . The Music School collects some of his best stories.”—The Washington Post
“Beautifully written . . . exquisitely artful . . . a triumph of delicate perception and precise expression.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Superior examples of every sort of story that Updike writes . . . Is there another American writer who gives such continuous proof of the power of art?”—The Nation