Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 30, 2008 - Literary Collections - 736 pages

“A drop of truth, of lived experienced, glistens in each.” This is how John Updike modestly described his nonfiction pieces, of which Due Considerations is perhaps his most varied, stylish, and personal collection. Here Updike reflects on such writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry James, Don DeLillo, A. S. Byatt, Colson Whitehead, and Margaret Atwood. He visits China, goes to art exhibitions, provides a whimsical and insightful list of “Ten Epochal Moments in the American Libido,” and shares his thoughts on the fall of the Twin Towers, which he witnessed from a tenth-floor apartment in Brooklyn. John Updike was always more than simply one of America’s most acclaimed novelists; he was also, as the Los Angeles Times noted in appraising this volume, “one of the best essayists and critics this country has produced.”

 

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This is the sixth (and final?) collection of John Updike's essays, occasional pieces, book reviews, and introductions. His writing is elegant and precise. The essays and tributes are thoughtful and ... Read full review

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Give Updike his Due Consideration If your a regular reader of "The New Yorker" magazine, than you'll not only enjoy this collection of John Updike essays, but you'll cherish its place on your ... Read full review

Contents

ON LITERARY BIOGRAPHY
3
FIVF ESSAYS
25
LITEKRY BIOGRAPHY
60
GE ERAL CO ISIDER TOIS
68
TRIBUTES AND SHORT TAKES
92
William illrlmeell
108
INTRODUCTIONS
120
THURBER AN D VVHITE
238
Metropolitan
592
Personal Considerations
608
The If711111Be Animator
621
Book One Work 19862006
629
I4 l_ I4 I4 re I4 I4 1 I4 la
658
My Contribution to the NPR Series This I Believe
670
Foreword to the MFA Publications Reprint ofjust Looking
677
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680

AMERICAN FICTION
251
0m Way Street
274
ENGLISH llCllUl
284
IN ENGLISH BUT NOT ENGLISH
334
IN OTI IF R TONGUES
387
NONFICTION
446
315
689
607
692
338
698
O O
699
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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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