Wednesday, 27 January 2010

On this day...

American writer John Updike died in 2009, at the age of 76. It was from his early life that inspiration came, his mother's writing contributing to his own deisre to do the same. Such a literary passion continued through his student life, and he graduated from Harvard with an English degree having submitted copious amounts of articles to 'The Harvard Lampoon'. The next few years of his life were spent establishing himself both personally and in the literary world. As he began to write for the 'New Yorker' and publish early works, he was also suffering a spiritual crisis; both matters luckily ended well, as Updike found both success and a renewed Christian faith. Featuring the influences of more contemporary American writers such as J.D. Salinger, Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote, Updike went on to produce one of the most famous series of books; that of 'Rabbit'. Such was the books' success, that Updike became one of only three people to twice win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Updike was a immensely popular writer, with public and critics alike. Fellow author Ian McEwan said of him, that his 'literary schemes and pretty conceits touched at points on the Shakespearean' and said his death signified 'the end of the golden age of the American novel'.

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