Chapter 44. The Fiction of John Updike: Timely and Timeless

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Brian Keener Professor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch44

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Keener, B. (2009) The Fiction of John Updike: Timely and Timeless, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch44

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. New York City College of Technology, City University of New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • John Updike's fiction - timely and timeless;
  • John Updike - twenty-three novels and fifteen short-story collections;
  • The Centaur (1963);
  • In “One Big Interview” - Updike describing The Centaur, winner of 1964 National Book Award;
  • The Centaur and Rabbit, Run (1960);
  • Rabbit, Run, 1959 - edgiest novel and Updike's use of present tense heightening sense of immediacy;
  • Rabbit Is Rich (1981) - Rabbit learns that success can be as problematic as failures;
  • Updike's fiction - coming into full circle with Terrorist (2006);
  • In Gertrude and Claudius (2000) - Updike imagining a fictional prequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading