John Updike (18 March, 1932 – 27 January, 2009) was a novelist, critic, and poet. Mr. Updike is one of only four writers to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction more than once.
Fun Facts about John Updike:
- John Hoyer Updike was born in Reading, PA, as an only child. He was raised in Shillington, PA, a small town nearby, and later moved to Plowville.
- Linda Grace, the author’s mother, wanted to become a published writer and her attempts impressed her young son.
- In high school, John Updike won the Scholastic Art & Writing Award. He graduated from Shillington High School as a co-valedictorian (as well as being class president) and got a full scholarship to Harvard.
His Harvard roommate was future American Historian Christopher Lach.
- In Harvard, Mr. Updike served as a contributor, and president, of the Harvard Lampoon.
- After graduating Harvard, Mr. Updike studied cartooning in Oxford’s Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.
Yes, he wanted to become a cartoonist.
- Updike and his family moved to Ipswich, MA which is where he wrote his most famous novel Rabbit, Run. The novel follows Harry Angstrom, nicknamed Rabbit, a high-school basketball star stuck in a boring job, and loveless marriage.
- Rabbit, Run was released to critical acclaim, and later was featured in Time’s All-Time 100 Greatest Novels list.
- John Updike wrote The Witches of Eastwick (1984), which was turned into a movie in 1987 starring Cher, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon. In 2009, it was turned into a television show.
- Among his novels, Mr. Updike also published eight volumes of poetry.
- John Updike was one of only four writers to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. Booth Tarkington, William Faulkner, and Colson Whitehead were the others.
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