Pigeon Feathers, and Other Stories

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Fawcett Columbine, 1996 - Fiction - 279 pages
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When this classic collection of stories first appeared—in 1962, on the author's thirtieth birthday—Arthur Mizener wrote in The New York Times Book Review: “Updike is a romantic [and] like all American romantics, that is, he has an irresistible impulse to go in memory home again in order to find himself. . . . The precise recollection of his own family-love, parental and marital, is vital to him; it is the matter in which the saving truth is incarnate. . . . Pigeon Feathers is not just a book of very brilliant short stories; it is a demonstration of how the most gifted writer of his generation is coming to maturity; it shows us that Mr. Updike's fine verbal talent is no longer pirouetting, however gracefully, out of a simple delight in motion, but is beginning to serve his deepest insight.”

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User Review  - Ted Dettweiler - Goodreads

Always interested in reading stories written in the era that I was born. Also interesting to see the early work of a major writer. Does any one know if there is a biography of Updike's life? I would ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Fink - Goodreads

A coworker and I traded our favorite authors' short stories on a whim. He got Calvino and I got Updike--introductions, both. As introductions go I give this collection 5 stars. Updike blew me away ... Read full review



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John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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