Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Memoriam: John Updike

American author John Updike (1932-2009) has died; he was 76. His well-known works included the Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom series (Rabbit Run, 1960), Bech, a Book (1970), The Witches of Eastwick (1984), Terrorist (2006), and the Pulitzer Prize winners Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1991). He also contributed well over 800 pieces of writing to The New Yorker magazine. A native of Pennsylvania, Updike later lived and wrote in his adopted Massachusetts.

We’ve been told John Bellairs wasn’t the biggest Updike fan: Bellairs once gave a tour of houses in Newburyport where he was negative only about Updike's house. We think John would have appreciated Updike’s view on history, though --
"Time passes in America and Asia; in Europe, history occurs."

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