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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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Selected Poems
Written by John Updike, Edited by Christopher Carduff, Introduction by Brad Leithauser
Knopf | Hardcover | October 13, 2015
$30.00/39.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87522-3 (1-101-87522-4)

A beautiful Selected volume of this masterly writer's poetry, giving us five decades of witty, intimate, and moving poems with the cumulative force of an autobiography in verse.

Though John Updike is widely known as one of America's greatest writers of prose, he began and ended his career with books of poems, and between... Read more






Olinger Stories
Written by John Updike
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2014
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71250-0 (0-375-71250-X)

The first one-volume hardcover edition of the eleven autobiographical stories that were closest to Updike's heart. With full-cloth binding and a silk ribbon marker. EVERYMAN'S POCKET CLASSICS.

In an interview, Updike once said, "If I had to give anybody one book of me, it would be the Olinger Stories." These stories were... Read more






S.
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | September 2013
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91212-6 (0-449-91212-4)

S. is the story of Sarah P. Worth, a thoroughly modern spiritual seeker who has become enamored of a Hindu mystic called the Arhat. A native New Englander, she goes west to join his ashram in Arizona, and there struggles alongside fellow sannyasins (pilgrims) in the difficult attempt to subdue ego... 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






Hugging the Shore
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | January 2013
$25.00/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8378-4 (0-8129-8378-5)

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
 
“Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations. But the sailor doth protest too much: This collection begins somewhere... Read more






Picked-Up Pieces
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | January 2013
$20.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8380-7 (0-8129-8380-7)

In John Updike’s second collection of assorted prose he comes into his own as a book reviewer; most of the pieces picked up here were first published in The New Yorker in the 1960s and early ’70s. If one word could sum up the young critic’s approach to books and their... Read more






Odd Jobs
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | December 2012
$25.00/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8379-1 (0-8129-8379-3)

To complement his work as a fiction writer, John Updike accepted any number of odd jobs—book reviews and introductions, speeches and tributes, a “few paragraphs” on baseball or beauty or Borges—and saw each as “an opportunity to learn something, or to extract from within some unsuspected wisdom.” In this, his largest... 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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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






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






Higher Gossip
Written by John Updike, Edited by Christopher Carduff
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | September 2012
$20.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8368-5 (0-8129-8368-8)

Here is the collection of nonfiction pieces that John Updike was compiling when he died in January 2009. It opens with a self-portrait of the writer in winter, a Prospero who, though he fears his most dazzling performances are behind him, reveals himself in every sentence to be in deep conversation... Read more






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 Poorhouse Fair
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | March 2012
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-46823-9 (0-345-46823-6)

The hero of John Updike’s first novel, published when the author was twenty-six, is ninety-four-year-old John Hook, a dying man who yet refuses to be dominated. His world is a poorhouse—a county home for the aged and infirm—overseen by Stephen Conner, a righteous young man who considers it his duty to... Read more






Self-Consciousness
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | March 2012
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8296-1 (0-8129-8296-7)

John Updike’s memoirs consist of six Emersonian essays that together trace the inner shape of the life, up to the age of fifty-five, of a relatively fortunate American male. The author has attempted, his foreword states, “to treat this life, this massive datum which happens to be mine, as a specimen... Read more






Higher Gossip
Written by John Updike, Edited by Christopher Carduff
Knopf | Hardcover | November 2011
$40.00/45.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-95715-3 (0-307-95715-2)

A collection both intimate and generous of the eloquent, insightful, beautifully written prose works that John Updike was compiling when he died in January 2009.

This collection of miscellaneous prose opens with a self-portrait of the writer in winter, a Prospero who, though he fears his most dazzling performances are behind him... Read more






My Father's Tears
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | May 2010
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-51380-9 (0-345-51380-0)

“Drinking a toast to the visible world, his impending disappearance from it be damned.” That’s how John Updike describes one of his elderly protagonists in this, his final collection of short stories. He might have been writing about himself. In My Father’s Tears, the author revisits his signature characters, places, and... Read more






The Maples Stories
Written by John Updike
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | August 2009
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27176-1 (0-307-27176-5)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Collected together for the first time in hardcover, these eighteen classic stories from across John Updike’s career form a luminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity.

In 1956, Updike published a story, “Snowing in Greenwich Village,” about a young couple... Read more






My Father's Tears and Other Stories
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | June 2009
$25.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27156-3 (0-307-27156-0)

John Updike’s first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000, My Father’s Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel.

“Personal Archaeology” considers life as a sequence of half-buried layers, and “The... Read more






The Widows of Eastwick
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | June 2009
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-50697-9 (0-345-50697-9)

More than three decades after the events described in The Witches of Eastwick, Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie—widowed, aging, and with their occult powers fading—return for the summer to the Rhode Island town where they once made piquant scandal and sometimes deadly mischief. But what was then a center of license and... 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






The Widows of Eastwick
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | October 2008
$24.95/27.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-26960-7 (0-307-26960-4)

More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick. The three divorcées—Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie—have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such foreign lands as Canada, Egypt, and... Read more






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






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






Terrorist
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | May 2007
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-49391-0 (0-345-49391-5)

The terrorist of John Updike’s title is eighteen-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, the son of an Irish American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three. Devoted to Allah and to the Qur’an as expounded by the imam of his neighborhood mosque, Ahmad feels his faith threatened by the... Read more





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