John Updike, 76: Writer/Critic

A true legend in the pantheon of modern American literature, John Updike lost his battle with lung cancer January 27, 2009 at the age of 76. He leaves behind not only his vast body of work but also a wife, children and grandchildren.

Updike is widely considered one of the most prolific writers of the last century. His works include more than 25 books and novels, as well as numerous short story collections, poetry collections and works of non-fiction. He is best known for his “Rabbit” series of novels, two of which garnered Pulitzer Prizes. He was also a long-time contributor to The New Yorker, having numerous poetry and short stories published in addition to participating as a literary and art critic.

The last of Updike’s work currently scheduled for publication is a collection of short stories titled My Father’s Tears and Other Stories. It is to be released on July 2, 2009.

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