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- Random House Publishing Group 2001; US$ 16.00
Gertrude and Claudius are the ?villains? of Hamlet: he the killer of Hamlet?s father and usurper of the Danish throne, she his lusty consort, who marries Claudius before her late husband?s body is cold. But in this imaginative ?prequel? to the play, John Updike makes a case for the royal couple that Shakespeare only hinted at. Gertrude and Claudius... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00
The terrorist of John Updike?s title is eighteen-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, the son of an Irish American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was three. Devoted to Allah and to the Qur?an as expounded by the imam of his neighborhood mosque, Ahmad feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.00
In this brilliant late-career collection, John Updike revisits many of the locales of his early fiction: the small-town Pennsylvania of Olinger Stories , the sandstone farmhouse of Of the Farm , the exurban New England of Couples and Marry Me , and Henry Bech?s Manhattan of artistic ambition and taunting glamour. To a dozen short stories spanning... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00
More than three decades after the events described in The Witches of Eastwick, Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie?widowed, aging, and with their occult powers fading?return for the summer to the Rhode Island town where they once made piquant scandal and sometimes deadly mischief. But what was then a center of license and liberation is now a ?haven of wholesomeness?... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00
John Updike?s twentieth novel, like his first, The Poorhouse Fair, takes place in one day, a day that contains much conversation and some rain. The seventy-nine-year-old painter Hope Chafetz, who in the course of her eventful life has been Hope Ouderkirk, Hope McCoy, and Hope Holloway, answers questions put to her by a New York interviewer named... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 20.00
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction A harvest and not a winnowing, this volume collects 103 stories, almost all of the short fiction that John Updike wrote between 1953 and 1975. ?How rarely it can be said of any of our great American writers that they have been equally gifted in both long and short forms,? reads the citation composed... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95
In this wry novel of sentimental education and sexual pursuit, we follow Owen Mackenzie, a representative man of the author?s generation, from cradle to grave, and from bed to bed. His life and relationships are shaped by three villages, warm-lit communities that keep the darkness at bay from within and without. In Willow, Pennsylvania, the young Owen... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00
?Drinking a toast to the visible world, his impending disappearance from it be damned.? That?s how John Updike describes one of his elderly protagonists in this, his final collection of short stories. He might have been writing about himself. In My Father?s Tears, the author revisits his signature characters, places, and themes?Americans in suburbs,... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 20.00
?A drop of truth, of lived experienced, glistens in each.? This is how John Updike modestly described his nonfiction pieces, of which Due Considerations is perhaps his most varied, stylish, and personal collection. Here Updike reflects on such writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry James, Don DeLillo, A. S. Byatt, Colson Whitehead, and Margaret... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 25.00
In this collection of nonfiction pieces, John Updike gathers his responses to nearly two hundred invitations into print, each ?an opportunity to make something beautiful, to find within oneself a treasure that would otherwise remain buried.? Introductions, reviews, and humorous essays, paragraphs on New York, religion, and lust?here is ?more matter?... more...