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John Updike

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.

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Winesburg, Ohio
Written by Sherwood Anderson, Introduction by John Updike
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | March 1999
$8.95/13.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75313-8 (0-375-75313-3)

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Before Raymond Carver, John Cheever, and Richard Ford, there was Sherwood Anderson, who, with Winesburg, Ohio, charted a new direction in American fiction--evoking with lyrical simplicity quiet moments of epiphany in the lives of ordinary men and... Read more






Little Money Street
Written by Fernanda Eberstadt, Introduction by John Updike
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2007
$14.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27942-2 (0-307-27942-1)

In 1998, Fernanda Eberstadt, her husband, and their two small children moved from New York to an area outside Perpignan, France — a city with one of the largest Gypsy populations in Western Europe. Here she found a jealously guarded culture, a society made, in part, of lawlessness and defiance of... Read more






The Blithedale Romance
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Introduction by John Updike
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$10.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75720-4 (0-375-75720-1)

The Blithedale Romance, considered one of Hawthorne's major novels, explores the limitations of human nature set against an experiment in communal living. From mesmerism to illicit love, The Blithedale Romance represents one of Hawthorne's best and most sharply etched works, one that Henry James called his "brightest" and "liveliest" novel, and... Read more






The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs
Written by The New Yorker Magazine, Contribution by Susan Orlean, John Updike and James Thurber, Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell
Random House | Hardcover | October 2012
$45.00/48.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-64475-0 (0-679-64475-X)

Only The New Yorker could fetch such an unbelievable roster of talent on the subject of man’s best friend. This copious collection, beautifully illustrated in full color, features articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine’s archives. The roster of contributors includes John Cheever, Susan Orlean... Read more






The Afterlife and Other Stories
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | October 1994
$29.95/44.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-43583-9 (0-679-43583-2)

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The Afterlife
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91201-0 (0-449-91201-9)

To the hero of the title story of this collection, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: “A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig . . . each reed of thatch, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass.” All of these stories, each in its own... Read more






Always Looking
Written by John Updike, Edited by Christopher Carduff
Knopf | Hardcover | November 2012
$45.00/52.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-95730-6 (0-307-95730-6)

In this posthumous collection of John Updike’s art writings, a companion volume to the acclaimed Just Looking (1989) and Still Looking (2005), readers are again treated to “remarkably elegant essays” (Newsday) in which “the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work until a deep understanding of...

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Assorted Prose
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | September 2012
$17.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8377-7 (0-8129-8377-7)

John Updike’s first collection of nonfiction pieces, published in 1965 when the author was thirty-three, is a diverting and illuminating gambol through midcentury America and the writer’s youth. It opens with a choice selection of parodies, casuals, and “Talk of the Town” reports, the fruits of Updike’s boyish ambition to follow in... Read more






Bech at Bay
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | October 1999
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-00404-3 (0-449-00404-X)

In this, the final volume in John Updike’s mock-heroic trilogy about the Jewish American writer Henry Bech, our hero is older but scarcely wiser. Now in his seventies, he remains competitive, lecherous, and self-absorbed, lost in a brave new literary world where his books are hyped by Swiss-owned conglomerates, showcased in... Read more






Bech Is Back
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1998
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-00453-1 (0-449-00453-8)

In this follow-up to Bech: A Book, Henry Bech, the priapic, peripatetic, and unproductive Jewish American novelist, returns with seven more chapters from his mock-heroic life. He turns fifty in a confusing blend of civic and erotic circumstances while publicizing himself in Australia and Canada. He marries a shiksa and travels... Read more






Bech: A Book
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1998
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-00452-4 (0-449-00452-X)

The Jewish American novelist Henry Bech—procrastinating, libidinous, and tart-tongued, his reputation growing while his powers decline—made his first appearance in 1965, in John Updike’s “The Bulgarian Poetess.” That story won the O. Henry First Prize, and it and the six Bech adventures that followed make up this collection. “Bech is the... Read more






Brazil
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91163-1 (0-449-91163-2)

In the dream-Brazil of John Updike’s imagining, almost anything is possible if you are young and in love. When Tristão Raposo, a black nineteen-year-old from the Rio slums, and Isabel Leme, an eighteen-year-old upper-class white girl, meet on Copacabana Beach, their flight from family and into marriage takes them to the... Read more






Brazil
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | January 1994
$35.00/50.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-43071-1 (0-679-43071-7)

They meet by chance on Copacabana Beach: Tristao Raposo, a poor black teen from the Rio slums, surviving day to day on street smarts and the hustle, and Isabel Leme, an upper-class white girl, treated like a pampered slave by her absent though very powerful father. Convinced that fate brought them... Read more






Buchanan Dying
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | April 2013
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8490-3 (0-8129-8490-0)

To the list of John Updike’s well-intentioned protagonists—Rabbit Angstrom, Richard Maple, Henry Bech—add James Buchanan, the harried fifteenth president of the United States (1857–1861). In what the author calls “a kind of novel, conceived in the form of a play,” Buchanan’s political and private lives are represented as aspects of his... Read more






The Centaur
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91216-4 (0-449-91216-7)

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ÉTRANGER
 
The Centaur is a modern retelling of the legend of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded yet unable to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. In the retelling, Olympus... Read more






Collected Poems
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Trade Paperback | July 1995
$25.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76204-1 (0-679-76204-3)

“The idea of verse, of poetry, has always, during forty years spent working primarily in prose, stood at my elbow, as a standing invitation to the highest kind of verbal exercise—the most satisfying, the most archaic, the most elusive of critical control.  In hotel rooms and airplanes, on beaches and Sundays...

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The Complete Henry Bech
Written by John Updike
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | March 2001
$23.00/33.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41176-2 (0-375-41176-3)

Since tales of his exploits began appearing in The New Yorker more than thirty years ago, Henry Bech, John Updike's playfully irreverent alter-ego, has charmed readers with his aesthetic dithering and his seemingly inexhaustible libido. The Bech stories—collected in one volume for the first time, and featuring a final, series-capping story...

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The Coup
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | March 2012
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8297-8 (0-8129-8297-5)

The Coup describes violent events in the imaginary African nation of Kush, a large, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan country led by Colonel Hakim Félix Ellelloû. (“A leader,” writes Colonel Ellelloû, “is one who, out of madness or goodness, takes upon himself the woe of a people. There are few men so foolish.”)... Read more






The Coup
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | November 1978
$32.50/48.50(Canada) | 978-0-394-50268-7 (0-394-50268-X)

The Coup describes violent events in the imaginary African nation of Kush, a large, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan country led by Colonel Hakim Félix Ellelloû. (“A leader,” writes Colonel Ellelloû, “is one who, out of madness or goodness, takes upon himself the woe of a people. There are few men so foolish.”)... Read more






Couples
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91190-7 (0-449-91190-X)

One of the signature novels of the American 1960s, Couples is a book that, when it debuted, scandalized the public with prose pictures of the way people live, and that today provides an engrossing epitaph to the short, happy life of the “post-Pill paradise.” It chronicles the interactions of ten young... Read more






Couples
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | March 1968
$35.00/53.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-42066-0 (0-394-42066-7)

The provocative novel about sex in suburbia, striking in its complete sexual frankness and rightly praised as an artful, seductive, savagely graphic portrayal of love, marriage and adultery in America.


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Due Considerations
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | September 2008
$20.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-49900-4 (0-345-49900-X)

“A drop of truth, of lived experienced, glistens in each.” This is how John Updike modestly described his nonfiction pieces, of which Due Considerations is perhaps his most varied, stylish, and personal collection. Here Updike reflects on such writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry James, Don DeLillo, A. S. Byatt, Colson...

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Due Considerations
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | October 2007
$40.00/50.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-26640-8 (0-307-26640-0)

John Updike’s sixth collection of essays and literary criticism opens with a skeptical overview of literary biographies, proceeds to five essays on topics ranging from China and small change to faith and late works, and takes up, under the heading “General Considerations,” books, poker, cars, and the American libido. The last... Read more






The Early Stories
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | September 2004
$20.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-46336-4 (0-345-46336-6)

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
 
A harvest and not a winnowing, this volume collects 103 stories, almost all of the short fiction that John Updike wrote between 1953 and 1975. “How rarely it can be said of any of our great American writers that they have been equally... Read more






Endpoint and Other Poems
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | March 2009
$25.00/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27286-7 (0-307-27286-9)

A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book.

The opening sequence, “Endpoint,” is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and... Read more





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