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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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Gertrude and Claudius
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | July 2001
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-00697-9 (0-449-00697-2)

Gertrude and Claudius are the “villains” of Hamlet: he the killer of Hamlet’s father and usurper of the Danish throne; she his lusty consort, who marries Claudius before her late husband’s body is cold. But in this imaginative “prequel” to the play, John Updike makes a case for the royal couple...

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Golf Dreams
Written by John Updike, Illustrated by Paul Szep
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | September 1997
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91269-0 (0-449-91269-8)

John Updike wrote about the lure of golf for five decades, from the first time he teed off at the age of twenty-five until his final rounds at the age of seventy-six. Golf Dreams collects the most memorable of his golf pieces, high-spirited evidence of his learning, playing, and living for...

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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






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






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






In the Beauty of the Lilies
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | January 1997
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91121-1 (0-449-91121-7)

In the Beauty of the Lilies begins in 1910 and traces God’s relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from “the bleak facts of life, his life, gutted by God’s... Read more






Licks of Love
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | November 2001
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-44201-7 (0-345-44201-6)

In this brilliant late-career collection, John Updike revisits many of the locales of his early fiction: the small-town Pennsylvania of Olinger Stories, the sandstone farmhouse of Of the Farm, the exurban New England of Couples and Marry Me, and Henry Bech’s Manhattan of artistic ambition and taunting glamour. To a dozen... 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






Marry Me
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91215-7 (0-449-91215-9)

Marry Me is subtitled “A Romance” because, in the author’s words, “people don’t act like that anymore.” The time is 1962, and the place is a fiefdom of Camelot called Greenwood, Connecticut. Jerry Conant and Sally Mathias are in love and want to get married, though they already are married to... Read more






Marry Me
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | October 1976
$29.95/42.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-40856-9 (0-394-40856-X)

"It is, quite simply, Updike's best novel yet." NEWSWEEK

A deftly satirical portrait of life and love in a suburban town as only Updike can paint it.


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Memories of the Ford Administration
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91211-9 (0-449-91211-6)

When historian Alfred “Alf” Clayton is invited by an academic journal to record his impressions of the Gerald R. Ford Administration (1974–77), he recalls not the political events of the time but rather a turbulent period of his own sexual past. Alf’s highly idiosyncratic contribution to Retrospect consists not only of... Read more






A Month of Sundays
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | January 1975
$29.95/39.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-49551-4 (0-394-49551-9)

In this antic riff on Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, the Reverend Tom Marshfield, a latter-day Arthur Dimmesdale, is sent west from his Midwestern parish in sexual disgrace. At a desert retreat dedicated to rest, recreation, and spiritual renewal, this fortyish serial fornicator is required to keep a journal whose thirty-one weekly entries... Read more






A Month of Sundays
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91220-1 (0-449-91220-5)

In this antic riff on Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, the Reverend Tom Marshfield, a latter-day Arthur Dimmesdale, is sent west from his Midwestern parish in sexual disgrace. At a desert retreat dedicated to rest, recreation, and spiritual renewal, this fortyish serial fornicator is required to keep a journal whose thirty-one weekly entries... Read more






More Matter
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$25.00/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-449-00628-3 (0-449-00628-X)

In this collection of nonfiction pieces, John Updike gathers his responses to nearly two hundred invitations into print, each “an opportunity to make something beautiful, to find within oneself a treasure that would otherwise remain buried.” Introductions, reviews, and humorous essays, paragraphs on New York, religion, and lust—here is “more matter&rdquo... 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






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






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






Of the Farm
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | March 2004
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-46822-2 (0-345-46822-8)

In this short novel, Joey Robinson, a thirty-five-year-old New Yorker, describes a visit he makes, with his second wife and eleven-year-old stepson, to the Pennsylvania farm where he grew up and where his aging mother now lives alone. For three days, a quartet of voices explores the air, making confessions, seeking... 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






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






Poorhouse Fair
Written by John Updike
Knopf | Hardcover | February 1977
$30.00/42.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-41050-0 (0-394-41050-5)

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The Poorhouse Fair
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | March 2004
$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






Problems
Written by John Updike
Fawcett | Paperback | December 1985
$6.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-449-21103-8 (0-449-21103-7)

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Rabbit Angstrom
Written by John Updike
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1995
$35.00/42.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-44459-6 (0-679-44459-9)

When we first met him in Rabbit, Run (1960), the book that established John Updike as a major novelist, Harry (Rabbit) Angstrom is playing basketball with some boys in an alley in Pennsylvania during the tail end of the Eisenhower era, reliving for a moment his past as a star high... Read more






Rabbit at Rest
Written by John Updike
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-449-91194-5 (0-449-91194-2)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, and the National Book Critics Circle Award
 
In John Updike’s fourth and final novel about Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the hero has acquired a Florida condo, a second grandchild, and a troubled, overworked heart. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically; his daughter-in-law, Pru... Read more





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