Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Remember John Updike
I never met John Updike, though it would have been a definite treat. I haven't met a lot of famous authors or seen them in person. But Updike, who died yesterday, gave a lot of himself in the many books, stories, and articles that he wrote. As a book reviewer for the Wichita Eagle years ago, it was Updike's novels that gave me most pause; he was a big-time writer, and he was alive. Who was I to be commenting on his newest book (at that time, it was Roger's Version)? I felt like a fraud, but I loved his work, and I never tired of teaching his short story, "A & P," about a young man who makes what may be a fateful decision that readers enjoy seeing unfold. His Rabbit series kept my attention through several novels. He'll be remembered as someone who "who opened a big picture window on the American middle class in the second half of the 20th century," as noted by the New York Times article on his death. R.I.P.
Posted by John Nelson at 10:28 AM