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John Updike

Biography

Acclaimed American novelist, brief story writer, poet, and critic who wrote the acclaimed Rabbit Angstrom series, which includes “Rabbit, Run,” “Rabbit Redux,” “Rabbit Is High,” and “Rabbit At Relax.” He was the receiver of both National Publication Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. After graduating from Harvard University or college with a level in British, he made a decision to study graphical design and be a cartoonist. He started his literary profession as an employee writer for THE BRAND NEW Yorker. His eight poetry selections consist of “The Carpentered Hen” and “Endpoint.” He was wedded to Mary Pennington for over two decades. His second relationship, to Martha Ruggles Bernhard, lasted a lot more than thirty years. He previously two sons, David and Michael, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Miranda. He was among a select band of writers, including William Faulkner, to earn the Pulitzer Reward for Fiction more often than once.

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Full Name John Updike
Date Of Birth March 18, 1932
Died January 27, 2009, Danvers, Massachusetts, United States
Place Of Birth Reading, PA
Profession Novelist
Education Harvard University, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Harvard College, Governor Mifflin Senior High School
Nationality American
Spouse Martha Bernhard, Mary Entwistle Pennington
Children Elizabeth Pennington Updike, Michael John Updike, David Hoyer Updike, Miranda Margaret Updike
Parents Wesley Russell Updike, Linda Grace Hoyer
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, National Book Award for Fiction, PEN/Malamud Award, Rea Award for the Short Story, Jefferson Lecture, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Helmerich Award, St. Louis Literary Award, National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction, Ambassador Book Award for Fiction, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, National Book Award for Fiction (Hardcover)
Nominations Man Booker International Prize, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, National Book Award for Fiction (Paperback)
Movies The Witches of Eastwick, The Music School, The Roommate, Pigeon Feathers, Ted Williams
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#Fact
1Inducted into the Beverly [Massachusetts] Hall of Fame in 1982.
2In his later life, he lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.
3Father of David Updike.
4Debut novel titled: The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures (1958).
5Probably best known for his Rabbit books, proving he favors naturalism and realism in his writing. "Rabbit Is Rich" (1981) and "Rabbit At Rest" (1990) both won the Pulitzer Prize.
6He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1989 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
7Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 421-432. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
8Petitioned for the release of the legendary Sergei Parajanov from Ukrainian prisons.
9His book, "The Witches of Eastwick", was adapted to a West End musical and performed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Musical in 2001 (2000 season).
10He thought he was dying during his first attack of breathlessness in his twenties. The diagnosis was bronchial asthma, aggravated by his cats.
11Updike has won almost every major literature award, except the Nobel prize.
12Born at 6:00am-EST


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
EastwickTV Series book - 11 episodes, 2009 - 2010 book "The Witches of Eastwick" - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010
Ted Williams2009TV Movie documentary essay "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu"
Eastwick2002TV Movie characters
A & P1996Short story
The Witches of Eastwick1992TV Movie novel
American PlayhouseTV Series story - 1 episode, 1988 novel "The Christian Roommate" - 1 episode, 1984
The Witches of Eastwick1987novel
Gyere hozzám feleségül1987TV Movie
Too Far to Go1979TV Movie short stories
The Music School1974TV Short story
Rabbit, Run1970novel

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Witches of Eastwick1987creative consultant - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Week2006TV SeriesHimself
Top Hat and Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of the New Yorker2001DocumentaryHimself
The Simpsons2000TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2000TV SeriesHimself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Author / Himself
LeseZeichen1999TV Series documentaryHimself
John Updike: In His Own Words1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1992TV SeriesHimself
Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon2015DocumentaryHimself
Forty Years at the I.C.A.1987TV SeriesHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationThe Witches of Eastwick (1987)· George Miller (director)
· Michael Cristofer (screenplay)


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#Quote
1Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.
2Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any pastime becomes creative when we care about doing it right, and/or better.
3With the waning of everything, with the waning of the sexual drive, the witch capacity, there probably goes a certain lessening of artistic passion. I suppose I feel that in my own work. The world would really be none the worse if I were not to write anymore. But I keep wanting to do it, in part to fill the time. I don't know what you've found, but nothing makes the time pass so much as writing. You look up, and two hours have gone by! You know? It's a wonderful antidote to boredom or dullness.


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