De Bellis, Jack. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.

Updike won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1982 for his novel Rabbit is Rich and another Pulitzer in 1991 for Rabbit at Rest. He also received the National Book Award in 1964 for his novel The Centaur, which follows a depressed school teacher and his anxious son in rural Pennsylvania.

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The critic Edward Champion notes that Updike's prose heavily favors "external sexual imagery" rife with "explicit anatomical detail" rather than descriptions of "internal emotion" in descriptions of sex. In Champion's interview with Updike on , Updike replied that he perhaps favored such imagery to concretize and make sex "real" in his prose. Another sexual theme commonly addressed in Updike is , especially in a suburban, middle class setting, most famously in (1968). The Updikean narrator is often "a man guilty of infidelity and abandonment of his family."


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John Winthrop (b. 1588–d. 1649) was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was first chosen by the investors of the Massachusetts Bay Company in 1629 and after the settlement of the colony in 1630 was selected by the freemen to serve as governor in annual elections through 1634 and then again in 1637–1640, 1642–1644, and 1646 until his death in 1649. Winthrop is considered the central figure in shaping Massachusetts and more broadly New England society in the 17th century. The lay sermon he preached to his fellow colonists on the eve of their departure for America, “A Model of Christian Charity,” set forth the aims of the Great Migration to New England in the 1630s and 1640s. This sermon has been quoted by numerous American politicians seeking to use his words to support their understanding of America’s purpose.


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featured , a former high school star and middle-class paragon who would become Updike's most enduring and critically acclaimed character. Updike wrote three additional novels about him. was featured in s All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels.

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Later, Updike and his family relocated to . Many commentators, including a columnist in the local , asserted that the fictional town of in was based on Ipswich. Updike denied the suggestion in a letter to the paper. Impressions of Updike's day-to-day life in Ipswich during the 1960s and 1970s are included in a letter to the same paper published soon after Updike's death and written by a friend and contemporary. In Ipswich, Updike wrote (1960), on a , and (1963), two of his most acclaimed and famous works; the latter won the .

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During this time, Updike underwent a profound spiritual crisis. Suffering from a loss of religious faith, he began reading and the theologian . Both deeply influenced his own religious beliefs, which in turn figured prominently in his fiction. Updike remained a believing for the rest of his life.

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Updike's career and reputation were nurtured and expanded by his long association with , which published him frequently throughout his career, despite the fact that he had departed the magazine's employment after only two years. Updike's memoir indicates that he stayed in his "corner of New England to give its domestic news" with a focus on the American home from the point of view of a male writer. Updike's contract with the magazine gave it for his short-story manuscripts, but , 's editor from 1952 to 1987, rejected several as too explicit.[]