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Award Winning Books by
JOHN UPDIKE

The Early Stories by John Updike
18 reviews (2003) (864p) (PF)
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 "He is a religious writer; he is a comic realist; he knows what everything feels like, how everything works. He is putting together a body of work which in substantial intelligent creation will eventually be seen as second to none in our time."
—William H. Pritchard, The Hudson Review, reviewing Museums and Women (1972)


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Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike
44 reviews (2000) (224p) (NYTimes)
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 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"A LIVING, POWERFULLY PHYSICAL WORK . . . UPDIKE IS A SUPERBLY SKILLFUL WRITER."
–The Wall Street Journal


"WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS UPDIKE! Our own king of erudition has gone back to the Hamlet story to imagine its inception: its offstage pre-story, when Claudius fell in love with his brother's queen and that first dastardly deed in th...
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Toward the End of Time by John Updike
55 reviews (1997) (352p) (NYTimes)
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JOHN UPDIKE IS "A STYLIST OF THE HIGHEST ORDER, capable of illuminating the sublime in the mundane, thereby elevating all of human experience."--Chicago Tribune

Toward the End of Time "is the journal of a 66-year-old man, Ben Turnbull . . . [which] reveals not only the world but the wanderings of his wits. . . . So what if he jumps from a United States in the next century, disintegrating aft...
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Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
46 reviews (1990) (0p) (PP) (NBCCA) (NYTimes)
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 John Updike's fourth and final novel about an ex-basketball player finds Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom with heart trouble, a Florida condo and a second grandchild. He searches for joy in the latter two events but finds little.

Through the winter, spring and summer of 1989, as a debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America looks the other way, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of middle age, looking for reaso...
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Roger's Version by John Updike
12 reviews (1986) (352p) (NBCCA) (NYTimes)
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 A born-again computer whiz kid bent on proving the existence of God on his computer meets a middle-aged divinity professor, Roger Lambert, who'd just as soon leave faith a mystery. Soon the computer hacker begins an affair with professor Lambert's wife -- and Roger finds himself experiencing deep longings for a trashy teenage girl.


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The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
34 reviews (1984) (320p) (LATimes)
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 BEFORE THEY WERE THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK, OUR HEROINES WERE A TRIO OF DELIGHTFULLY WICKED WITCHES.

In a small New England town in that hectic era when the sixties turned into the seventies, there lived three witches. Alexandra Spoffard, a sculptress, could create thunderstorms. Jane Smart, a cellist, could fly. The local gossip columnist, Sukie Rougemont, could turn milk into cream. Divorced...
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HUGGING THE SHORE by John Updike
4 reviews (1983) (919p) (NYTimes Non)
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 Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, Hugging the Shore is an enormously intelligent, witty collection of essays by John Updike. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist sheds keen light on everything from the first kiss to going barefoot to the world's greatest writers. First time in paper....
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BECH IS BACK by John Updike
3 reviews (1982) (208p) (NYTimes)
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The renowned Henry Bech is now fifty years old. In this wonderful classic novel, Bech reflects on his fame, travels the world, marries an Episcopalian divorcée from Westchester, and--surprise to all--writes a book that becomes a runaway bestseller. If you've never read Updike before, there's no better place to start. If you've read him for years, you'll be delightfully reminded of John Updike...
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Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
34 reviews (1981) (432p) (PP) (NBCCA) (NBA) (NYTimes)
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 Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Ten years after RABBIT REDUX, Harry Angstrom has come to enjoy prosperity as the Chief Sales Representative of Springer Motors. The rest of the world may be falling to pieces, but Harrry's doing all right. That is, until his son returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot....


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The Coup by John Updike
11 reviews (1978) (0p) (NBCCA)
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 Nothing in his previous life could have prepared Colonel Hakim Felix Ellelou for his new role as the President of Kush. Neither the French army nor his American university provided a grounding in the subtle skills of revolutionary dictatorship. Still less did they expect him to acquire four wives....
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The Centaur by John Updike
33 reviews (1963) (320p) (NBA)
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John Updike Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 9  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 6  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 2 Rabbit at Rest · Rabbit is Rich ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 2 Rabbit at Rest · Rabbit is Rich ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 2 Rabbit at Rest · Rabbit is Rich ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 4 Rabbit at Rest · Rabbit is Rich · Roger's Version · The Coup ·  
National Book Award Wins 2 Rabbit is Rich · The Centaur ·  
National Book Award Nominations 2 Rabbit is Rich · The Centaur ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 1 The Early Stories ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 1 The Early Stories ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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