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"Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn." -- John Updike
John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic.

Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (the novels Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and the novella "Rabbit Remembered") which chronicled the life of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to his death. Both Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit At Rest (1990) received the Pulitzer Prize. He is one of only three authors (the others being Booth Tarkington and William Faulkner) to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. Updike published more than twenty novels and more than a dozen short story collections, as well as poetry, art criticism, literary criticism and children's books. Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems appeared in The New Yorker, starting in 1954. He also wrote regularly for The New York Review of Books.

Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class", Updike was well recognized for his careful craftsmanship, his unique prose style, and his prolificness. He wrote on average a book a year. Updike populated his fiction with characters who "frequently experience personal turmoil and must respond to crises relating to religion, family obligations, and marital infidelity." His fiction is distinguished by its attention to the concerns, passions, and suffering of average Americans; its emphasis on Christian theology; and its preoccupation with sexuality and sensual detail. His work has attracted a significant amount of critical attention and praise, and he is widely considered to be one of the great American writers of his time. Updike's highly distinctive prose style features a rich, unusual, sometimes arcane vocabulary as conveyed through the eyes of "a wry, intelligent authorial voice" that extravagantly describes the physical world, while remaining squarely in the realist tradition. Updike famously described his own style as an attempt "to give the mundane its beautiful due."

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Total Books: 697
The Widows of Eastwick
2009 - The Widows of Eastwick (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345506979
ISBN-10: 0345506979
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 10

The Widows of Eastwick
2008 - The Widows of Eastwick (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780307269607
ISBN-10: 0307269604
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 8

The Widows of Eastwick
2008 - The Widows of Eastwick (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780739370797
ISBN-10: 0739370790
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1

Terrorist
2007 - Terrorist (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781423318705
ISBN-10: 1423318706
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 9

Terrorist
2007 - Terrorist (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345493910
ISBN-10: 0345493915
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 20

Terrorist
2006 - Terrorist (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780307264657
ISBN-10: 0307264653
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 34

Terrorist
2006 - Terrorist (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780739475805
ISBN-10: 0739475800
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 5

Of the Farm
2004 - Of the Farm (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345468222
ISBN-10: 0345468228
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Rabbit Novels Vol 1
2003 - Rabbit Novels Vol 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345464569
ISBN-10: 0345464567
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 11

Seek My Face
2003 - Seek My Face (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345460868
ISBN-10: 0345460863
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 5

Seek My Face
2002 - Seek My Face (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375414909
ISBN-10: 0375414908
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 3

A Child's Calendar
2002 - A Child's Calendar (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780823417667
ISBN-10: 0823417662
Genre: Children's Books
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Licks of Love  Short Stories and a Sequel Rabbit Remembered
2001 - Licks of Love Short Stories and a Sequel Rabbit Remembered (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345442017
ISBN-10: 0345442016
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3

Gertrude and Claudius
2001 - Gertrude and Claudius (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780449006979
ISBN-10: 0449006972
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 15

Licks of Love  Short Stories and a Sequel
2000 - Licks of Love Short Stories and a Sequel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375411137
ISBN-10: 0375411135
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2

Buchanan Dying  A Play
2000 - Buchanan Dying a Play (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780811702386
ISBN-10: 0811702383
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Gertrude and Claudius
2000 - Gertrude and Claudius (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375409080
ISBN-10: 0375409084
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 15

Bech at Bay
1999 - Bech at Bay (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140278279
ISBN-10: 0140278273
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Bech at Bay
1999 - Bech at Bay [Quasi-Novels] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780449004043
ISBN-10: 044900404X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1

Bech at Bay  A Quasi-Novel
1998 - Bech at Bay a Quasi-novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375403682
ISBN-10: 037540368X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Toward the End of Time
1997 - Toward the End of Time (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375400063
ISBN-10: 0375400060
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 6

1996 - Centaur (Paperback)
1996 - Rabbit at Rest [Harry Rabbit Angstrom, Bk 4] (Paperback)
1994 - Brazil (Paperback)
1994 - Brazil (Hardcover)
1989 - S (Paperback)
1989 - S (Audio Cassette)
1987 - Centaur (Paperback)
1982 - Rabbit Is Rich [Rabbit Angstrom, Bk 3] (Paperback)
1982 - Bech Is Back [Bech, Bk 2] (Hardcover)