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Due Considerations [Hardcover]

John Updike
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1 Nov 2007
This new collection of John Updike's non-fiction writings includes a delightful preface, 'Everything Considered', in which he tells of his lifelong love affair with words; essays on travel, and on faith; introductions to some of the classics; reviews of lesser known foreign writers and new books by English and American contemporaries; as well as non-fiction topics from the sinking of the Lusitania to Coco Chanel's 'unsinkable career'; tributes to legendary New Yorker figures, and much more. A cruise through the cultural waters of the past decade with as delightful, witty, sensitive and articulate a guide as you could hope for, "Due Considerations" is a voyage not to be missed.


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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241143977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241143971
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 16.3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,216,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He attended Shillington High School, Harvard College and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford, where he spent a year on a Knox Fellowship. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of the New Yorker, to which he contributed numerous poems, short stories, essays and book reviews. After 1957 he lived in Massachusetts until his death.

John Updike's first novel, The Poorhouse Fair, was published in 1959. It was followed by Rabbit, Run, the first volume of what have become known as the Rabbit books, which John Banville described as 'one of the finest literary achievements to have come out of the US since the war'. Rabbit is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990) were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Other novels by John Updike include Marry Me, The Witches of Eastwick, which was made into a major feature film, Memories of the Ford Administration, Brazil, In the Beauty of the Lilies, Toward the End of Time and Villages. He has written a number of volumes of short stories, and a selection entitled Forty Stories, taken from The Same Door, Pigeon Feathers, The Music School and Museums and Women, is published in Penguin, as is the highly acclaimed The Afterlife and Other Stories. His criticism and his essays, which first appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, have been collected in five volumes. Golf Dreams, a collection of his writings on golf, has also been published. His Collected Poems 1953-1993 brings together almost all the poems from five previous volumes, including 'Hoping for a Hoopoe', 'Telephone Poles' and 'Tossing and Turning', as well as seventy poems previously unpublished in book form. The last books of his to be published by Hamish Hamilton were My Father's Tears and Other Stories, and Endpoint and Other Poems. He died in January 2009.


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The greatest writer of English prose alive (Sunday Times )

John Updike writes with a steady brilliance about the world out there (Guardian )

About the Author

John 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The 20th Century's Man of Letters 30 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
John Updike has been called the greatest American writer of the second half of the 20th century (the only real competition coming in the not inconsiderable form of Philip Roth) and while he is justly famous for his numerous novels and short-stories there was actually much more to Updike. This excellent book illustrates that Updike was, indeed, a man of letters and his interests were fairly catholic - art, travel, literary criticism, cars, poker and, of course, sex - it's all here. I particularly enjoyed the comments on other writers, where Updike comes across as erudite, interested and sensitive (unlike other writers I can think of).

On the back cover of my copy is a quote from Martin Amis: "Alert, funny sensuous. Here is a writer who can do more or less as he likes" and, he might have added, does it very well indeed. Or perhaps that simply goes without saying.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfection 17 May 2014
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Purchasing pre owned books, can be a pig in a poke. But as a bit of serendipity would have it this disclose to perfect. I shall dip into the works of this great master with added pleasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Mar 2009
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Arrived on time. Unfortunately, some of the pages in the book had not been print been printed properly. Too lazy to bother to return.
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