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JOHN UPDIKE 1932 - 2009

By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 28 JANUARY 2009 - Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced yesterday that the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike died Tuesday morning at the age of 76, after a battle with lung cancer. The distinguished American author of more than 50 books in all genres was one of the great chronicler's of post-war, American middle-class, suburban culture. John Updike's Rabbit triology, art reviews and reflections on baseball were particularly superb.

Mr. Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal.

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