The Centaur Author:John Updike According to Greek mythology, a centaur is one of a race of monsters having the head, arms, and trunk of a man and the body and legs of a horse. This story retells the myth of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of them all, who gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. In the retelling Olympus becomes Olinger High School, where Chiron teaches... more » general science; Prometheus is his 15-year-old son. Updike skillfully alternates past and present perspectives to translate the centaur's search into the events of three winter days spent in Pennsylvania in 1947.
A graduate of Harvard and a three-time recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for literature, John Updike was awarded the National Book Award for fiction for THE CENTAUR.« less