The first and second novels in John Updike’s acclaimed quartet of Rabbit books–now in one marvelous volume.
“Brilliant and poignant . . . By his compassion, clarity of insight, and crystal-bright prose, [Updike] makes Rabbit’s sorrow his and out own.” –The Washington Post
“Precise, graceful, stunning, he is an athlete of words and images. He is also an impeccable observer of thoughts and feelings.” –The Village Voice
“ ‘Great in love, in art, boldness, freedom, wisdom, kindness, exceedingly rich in intelligence, wit, imagination, and feeling–a great and beautiful thing . . .’ these hyperboles (quoted from a letter written long ago by Thomas Mann) come to mind after reading John Updike’s Rabbit Redux.” –The New York Times Book Review “Updike owns a rare verbal genius, a gifted intelligence and a sense of tragedy made bearable by wit. . . . A masterpiece.” –Time
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.
Praise for John Updike
RABBIT RUN “A lacerating story of loss and of seeking, written in prose that is charged with emotion but is always held under impeccable control.” –Kansas City Star
“Updike’s punch is powerful.” –Newsweek
RABBIT REDUX “A superb performance, all grace and dazzle . . . A brilliant portrait of middle America.” –Life
“A truly fine, dazzling, excellent novel in all it’s breadth and depth.” –Miami Herald