Updike John 1932 - 2009 (77)

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John Updike (1932-2009) was an American writer, poet, and critic, considered one of the most popular authors of the late 20th century in America. He was born on March 18, 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Harvard University in 1954, he studied graphic arts for a year before dropping out.

In 1955, Updike began his collaboration with The New Yorker magazine, and by 1960, he had published a collection of short stories, a collection of poems, and his first novel, "The Poorhouse Fair." He became known as the author of everyday middle-class Americans with his novel "Rabbit, Run" in 1960, where the protagonist tries to escape from a conventional marriage and a job that does not interest him. The same protagonist appeared in three other books, two of which won the Pulitzer Prize.

Updike published more than sixty books, including twenty-eight novels, and one of his best-known works is "The Witches of Eastwick" (1984). He received many literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. While studying at Harvard, he met his wife, with whom he had four children. They divorced in 1975, and he remarried in 1977, remaining with his second wife until his death. He passed away in Massachusetts, in January 2009, due to lung cancer.