20th Century Writer John Updike


President and Mrs. George W. Bush present the Medal of Arts to John Updike at the White House 1989. courtesy Grunge 6910, Wikimedia Commons






“You always find things you didn’t know you were going to say and that is the adventure of writing.”







John Updike, 1932-2009. is widely  considered to be one of the great American writers. One of America’s most prolific writers, he wrote twenty novels, more than a dozen short story collections, poetry, criticism, and children’s books.. Calling his subject “The American small town middle class,” he won the Pulitzer prize twice for two books in his “Rabbit” series — Rabbit is Rich, and Rabbit at Rest.

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