Tuesday, 27 January 2009

John Updike died

The website of the Knopf Publishing Group of Random House, carries this announcement today:

"It is with great sadness that we report that John Updike died this morning at the age of 76, after a battle with lung cancer.

John Updike was one of our greatest writers. He was a part of the Knopf family for over fifty years. We will all miss him terribly.

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."

"To be human is to be in the tense condition of a death-foreseeing, consciously libidinous animal. No other earthly creature suffers such a capacity for thought, such a complexity of envisioned but frustrated possibilities, such a troubling ability to question the tribal and biological imperatives."
John Updike 1932 - 2009

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