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John Updike
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    (March 18, 1932-January 27, 2009)
    Wrote ‘The Carpentered Hen (1958),’ ‘The Same Door (1959),’ ‘Rabbit, Run (1960),’
    ‘The Centaur (1963),’ ‘Couples (1968),’ ‘Bech: A Book (1970),’ ‘Rabbit Redux (1971)’ ‘Marry Me (1976),’ ‘The Coup (1978),’ ‘Rabbit is Rich (1981),’ ‘The Witches of Eastwick (1982),’ ‘Roger’s Version (1986),’ ‘Rabbit at Rest (1990),' ‘Brazil (1994),’ ‘In the Beauty of the Lilies (1996),’ ‘Gertrude and Claudius (2000)’ and ‘Villages (2004)’
    Most of his characters are adulterers
    After Updike panned one of his novels, Tom Wolfe described him as 'one of my Three Stooges' (the other stooges were Norman Mailer and John Irving).
    Much of his writing focused heavily on the details of everyday life, leading some critics to fault him for being 'apolitical.'
    His refusal to protest the Vietnam war angered many of his more left-leaning peers.
    Gore Vidal called him a 'born reactionary.'
    He never won the Nobel prize, despite having been nominated several years in a row.
    His intricate prose style has been compared to that of Vladimir Nabokov.
    Joyce Carol Oates has praised him for being able to capture the 'incandescent allure' of average men and women.
    His recurring character Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom is considered by many to be one of the great Everyman characters of modern literature.
    His early novels such as ‘Rabbit, Run’ and ‘Couples’ broke many sexual taboos of their time.
    Although critical of Tom Wolfe, he has generously promoted the works of many other writers such as Erica Jong.
    He won the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
    As a child, he stammered and had psoriasis.
    He won a full scholarship to Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude.
    He was president of the Harvard Lampoon.
    He was on the cover of Time magazine twice.
    His novel 'The Witches of Eastwick' was made into a successful film starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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