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Updike is Adam Begley’s 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 first-hand 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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9780061896453 | Harpercollins, April 8, 2014, cover price $29.99 | About this edition: Updike is Adam Begley’s 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.

Paperback:

9780061896460 | Reprint edition (Perennial, March 31, 2015), cover price $17.99
9780062410894 | Harpercollins, March 31, 2015, cover price $17.99

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9781481505642 | Mp3 una edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, November 4, 2014), cover price $44.95 | About this edition: [Read by Grover Gardner] 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.
9781481505659 | Unabridged edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, November 4, 2014), cover price $44.95 | About this edition: [Read by Grover Gardner] 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.

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Product Description: 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 workIn 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...read more

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9781481505635 | Unabridged edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, November 4, 2014), cover price $123.00 | About this edition: 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 workIn 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.

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Product Description: Sometimes all we have is the courage of our convictions. But not all convictions are created equal. In fact, some are downright delusional. And once a foolish notion sinks its teeth into the famous or the powerful, look out–the impact can have profound consequences for the rest of us...read more
By Adam Begley and Christopher Hitchens (introduced by)

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9780307408044 | Harmony Books, May 12, 2009, cover price $19.99 | About this edition: Sometimes all we have is the courage of our convictions.

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An alphabetically organized guide to 225 of the most insteresting authors of the twentieth century features biographical profiles, reviews, and bibliographies of writers ranging from Margaret Atwood and Paul Auster to Alice Walker and Tobias Wolff, along with essays and recommended reading lists by some of these noted authors. Original. (view table of contents)
By Adam Begley (editor), Laura Miller (editor) and Salon. Com (corporate author)

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9780140280883 | Penguin USA, August 1, 2000, cover price $18.00 | About this edition: Profiles and critiques over two hundred contemporary authors, and includes the authors' suggested reading lists and essays on such topics as post-modern fiction and war novels.

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Describes the work of literary agents, explains how writers select agents, tells how to submit proposals, and discusses the writer-agent relationship (view table of contents)
By Adam Begley, Debby Mayer and Poets & Writers, Inc. (corporate author)

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9780140268737 | Rev upd su edition (Penguin USA, March 1, 1998), cover price $12.95 | About this edition: Describes the work of literary agents, explains how writers select agents, tells how to submit proposals, and discusses the writer-agent relationship

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