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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
1 Inducted into the Beverly [Massachusetts] Hall of Fame in 1982.
2 In his later life, he lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.
3 Father of David Updike.
4 Debut novel titled: The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures (1958).
5 Probably 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.
6 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1989 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
7 Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 421-432. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
8 Petitioned for the release of the legendary Sergei Parajanov from Ukrainian prisons.
9 His 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).
10 He thought he was dying during his first attack of breathlessness in his twenties. The diagnosis was bronchial asthma, aggravated by his cats.
11 Updike has won almost every major literature award, except the Nobel prize.
12 Born at 6:00am-EST


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eastwick TV Series book - 11 episodes, 2009 - 2010 book "The Witches of Eastwick" - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2010
Ted Williams 2009 TV Movie documentary essay "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu"
Eastwick 2002 TV Movie characters
A & P 1996 Short story
The Witches of Eastwick 1992 TV Movie novel
American Playhouse TV Series story - 1 episode, 1988 novel "The Christian Roommate" - 1 episode, 1984
The Witches of Eastwick 1987 novel
Gyere hozzám feleségül 1987 TV Movie
Too Far to Go 1979 TV Movie short stories
The Music School 1974 TV Short story
Rabbit, Run 1970 novel

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Witches of Eastwick 1987 creative consultant - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Week 2006 TV Series Himself
Top Hat and Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of the New Yorker 2001 Documentary Himself
The Simpsons 2000 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 2000 TV Series Himself
The Century: America's Time 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Author / Himself
LeseZeichen 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
John Updike: In His Own Words 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Good Morning America 1992 TV Series Himself
Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1981 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon 2015 Documentary Himself
Forty Years at the I.C.A. 1987 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation The Witches of Eastwick (1987) · George Miller (director)
· Michael Cristofer (screenplay)


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#Quote
1 Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.
2 Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any pastime becomes creative when we care about doing it right, and/or better.
3 With 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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