Today marks the release of Adam Begley's Updike, a comprehensive and deeply personal examination of the life and work of writer John Updike. Over the course of his prolific career, Updike was known for exploring modern American life through his work. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he is considered one of the most influential 20th century American writers. A family friend of Updike, Begley focuses on the career and influence of the legendary writer through in-depth research with family members and friends. Central to Begley's depiction is the degree to which Updike's own tumultuous personal life was reflected in his fiction. Begley's career as a literary critic and his personal connection to John Updike blend to create a candid and intimate portrait of a prominent American writer.
Praise for Updike:
"Adam Begley's literary biography of John Updike comes about as close to perfection as a work of its genre can."
— Shelf Awarness
"A beautifully written, richly detailed, and warmly sympathetic portrait of a great American writer."
— Joyce Carol Oates
"Adam Begley's Updike is a model of what literay biography should be: rich with penetrating insights not only about the life but also about the work. It will enthrall long-time Updike fans and help create generations of new ones."
— Francine Prose