John Updike Biography | Author of Rabbit, Run

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"I'm a publishing fool, so anything I did not publish must be pretty bad," John Updike told Michael Rogers in Library Journal, and indeed, Updike is widely regarded as one of America's most prolific novelists.

John Bemrose wrote in Maclean's, "For almost 40 years, Updike has catalogued the growing and aging pains of America's middle class with such tireless virtuosity and boyish effervescence that it sometimes seems he has drunk from the fountain of youth." Updike, who was born on March 18, 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania, had what Bemrose called a "secure, slow-paced upbringing there." His father was a high school teacher who was bored and disenchanted with his work and had the urge to move on but never left his family. "There was a lot of complaining," Updike told Bemrose. "My father had an appetite for moving on. But it wasn't indulged to the point where he walked out and...

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