1932-2009, American author, essayist, literary critic

Born in Pennsylvania, he attended Harvard and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Arts in Oxford, England.

From 1955 to 1957 he was a staff writer for The New Yorker to which he contributed stories, poems and book reviews.

His elegantly written fiction usually deals with the tensions and tragedies of contemporary middle-class life, as in the quartet of novels covering the life of Harry Angstrom:

His other novels include:

  • The Carpentered Hen And Other Tame Creatures - 1958
  • Hoping For A Hoopoe - 1958
  • The Poorhouse Fair - 1959
  • The Same Door - 1959
  • Rabbit Run - 1960 (also made into a film of the same name)
  • Pigeon Feathers - 1962
  • The Centaur - 1963
  • Tele Phone Poles - 1963
  • Olinger Stories - 1964
  • Of The Farm - 1965
  • Assorted Prose - 1965
  • The Music School - 1966
  • The Couples - 1968 - Parit
  • Midpoint And Other Poems - 1969
  • Bech: A Book - 1970
  • Museums And Women - 1972
  • Rabbit Redux - 1972 -
  • Six Poems - 1973
  • Buchanan Dying - 1974
  • A Month Of Sundays - 1975
  • Picked-Up Pieces - 1975
  • Marry Me - 1976 -
  • Tossing And Turning - 1977
  • The Coup - 1978 -
  • An Oddly Lovely Day Alone - 1979
  • Problems - 1979
  • Sixteen Sonnets - 1979
  • Five Poems - 1980
  • Your Lover Just Called - 1981
  • Rabbit Is Rich - 1981 - Pulizer Prize and National Book Award
  • Other John Updike - 1982
  • Hugging The Shore - 1983
  • Jester's Dozen - 1984
  • Ed. The Years Best American Short Stories - 1984
  • The Witches Of Eastwick - 1984 - also made into a film 1987 Dir. By George Miller Starring Jack Nicholson Cher Susan Sarandon Michelle Pfeiffer Veronica Cartwright - 278 Books You Should Have Read By Now
  • Roger's Version - 1986
  • Facing Nature - 1986
  • Trust Me - 1987
  • Self-Consciousness - 1987
  • Forty Stories - 1987
  • S. - 1989
  • Just Looking - 1989
  • Self-Consciousness - 1989
  • Rabbit At Rest - 1990 - Pulizer Prize
  • Odd Jobs - 1991
  • Memories Of The Ford Administration - 1992
  • Collected Poems - 1953-1992,1993
  • Brazil - 1994
  • The Afterlife And Other Stories - 1995
  • Golf Dreams - 1996
  • In The Beauty Of The Lilies - 1996
  • Beach At Bay - 1998
  • Gertrude And Claudius - 2000
  • Licks Of Love: Short Stories And A Sequel - 2000
  • Seek My Face - 2002

He also writes short stories, literary criticism, and poetry.


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