John Updike: The Collected Stories: A Library of America Boxed Set
ISBN: 1598532502
EAN13: 9781598532500
Language: English
Publication Date: Sep 12, 2013
Pages: 1872
Dimensions: 2.76" H x 8.5" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 3.1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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From his first collection, The Same Door, released in 1959, to his last, My Father's Tears, published fifty years later, John Updike was America's reigning master of the short story, our second Hawthorne, as Philip Roth described him. His evocations of small-town Pennsylvania life, and of his own religious, artistic, and sexual awakening, transfixed readers of The New Yorker and of the early collections Pigeon Feathers (1962) and The Music School (1966). In these and the works that followed--the formal experiments and wickedly tart tales of suburban adultery in Museums and Women (1972) and Problems (1979), the portraits of middle-aged couples in love and at war with aging parents and rebellious children in Trust Me (1987) and The Afterlife (1994), and the fugue-like stories of memory, desire, travel, and unquenched thirst for life in Licks of Love (2000) and My Father's Tears (2009)--Updike displayed the virtuosic command of character, dialogue, and sensual description that was his signature.

Here, in two career-spanning volumes, are 186 unforgettable stories, from Ace in the Hole (1953), a sketch of a Rabbit-like ex-basketball player written when Updike was a Harvard senior, to The Full Glass (2008), the author's toast to the visible world, his own impending disappearance from it be damned. Read More chevron_right

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