The John Updike Encyclopedia

Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - 545 pages

John Updike is one of the most seminal American writers of the 20th century and one of the most prolific as well. In addition to his best-selling novels, he has written numerous poems, short stories, reviews, and essays. His writing consistently reveals stylistic brilliance, and through his engagement with America's moral and spiritual problems, his works chronicle America's hopes and dreams, failures and disappointments. Though he is an enormously popular writer, the complexity and elegance of his works have elicited growing scholarly attention. Through several hundred alphabetically arranged entries, this book provides both casual and serious readers an exceptional guide to his life and writings.

Whether the reader is seeking a novel summary, an authoritative analysis of subjects, elucidation of an allusion, or a point about Updike's life or manner of composition, the encyclopedia is indispensable. A chronology summarizes the major events in Updike's career, while an introductory essay examines his progress as a writer, from his crafted light verse and informed reviews to his innovative novels and stories. The entries that follow summarize Updike's books, describe all major characters, explain allusions, identify major images and symbols, analyze principal subjects, discuss his life and career, and draw on the most significant scholarship. Entries include bibliographies, and the volume closes with a list of works for further reading.


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John Updike is generally regarded as one of the leading writers of his generation, so it may well be that, already, a massive encyclopedic tome on him is appropriate. De Bellis, the author of several ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Table des matières

The Encyclopedia
Chronological List of the Works of John Updike
Films and Film Personalities in the Works of John Updike
General Bibliography
Droits d'auteur

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Page 67 - Communion, including the Church of England and the Episcopal church in the United States, to a broader readership.
Page xxi - WHEN I WAS BORN, my parents and my mother's parents planted a dogwood tree in the side yard of the large white house in which we lived throughout my boyhood. This tree, I learned quite early, was exactly my age, was, in a sense, me. But I never observed it closely, am not now sure what color its petals were; its presence was no more distinct that that of my shadow.

À propos de l'auteur (2000)

JACK DE BELLIS is Professor of English at Lehigh University. His articles have appeared in such journals as Literature/Film Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Comparative Literature Studies. His previous books include John Updike, 1967-1993: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources (Greenwood, 1994).

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