The Resource Updike, Adam Begley, (electronic resource)

Updike, Adam Begley, (electronic resource)

Label
Updike
Title
Updike
Statement of responsibility
Adam Begley
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Contributor
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Language
eng
Summary
A masterful, much-anticipated biography of one of the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike--a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life and work. In this magisterial biography, Adam Begley offers an illuminating portrait of John Updike, the acclaimed novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, who dedicated himself to the task of transcribing "middleness with all its grits, bumps, and anonymities." Updike explores the stages of the writer's pilgrim's progress: his beloved home turf of Berks County, Pennsylvania; his escape to Harvard; his brief, busy working life as the golden boy at the New Yorker; his family years in suburban Ipswich, Massachusetts; his extensive travel abroad; and his retreat to another Massachusetts town, Beverly Farms, where he remained until his death in 2009. Drawing from in-depth research as well as interviews with the writer's colleagues, friends, and family, Begley explores how Updike's fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life-including his enduring religious faith, his two marriages, and his firsthand experience of the "adulterous society" he was credited with exposing in the bestselling Couples. With a sharp critical sensibility that lends depth and originality to his analysis, Begley probes Updike's best-loved works--from Pigeon Feathers to The Witches of Eastwick to the Rabbit tetralogy--and reveals a surprising and deeply complex character fraught with contradictions: a kind man with a vicious wit, a gregarious charmer who was ruthlessly competitive, a private person compelled to spill his secrets on the printed page. Updike offers an admiring yet balanced look at this national treasure, a master whose writing continues to resonate like no one else's
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Midwest
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Read by Grover Gardner
Target audience
adult
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Label
Updike, Adam Begley, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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online resource
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MWT11219828
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Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 streaming audio file (20hr., 10 min.))
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  • online
  • electronic
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Media MARC source
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digital.
Publisher number
MWT11219828
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Sound
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Stock number
11219828
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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