Pulitzer prize winning author, poet, critic, and New Yorker contributor, John Updike passed away today at the age 0f 76. You can see the full news story here.
Although most people probably will recognize him as the author of the book that led to the movie The Witches of Eastwick, he also wrote the famous short story A&P, which many college students are forced to read in Introduction to Literature courses (I don’t require it in my current courses, but it’s included in the textbook we use. And I’ll be making a “suggestion” that students take a look at it in honor of his death today).
Updike’s 1981 Rabbit is Rich earned him his first Pulitzer, and the fourth and final book in the “Rabbit” series won another Pulitzer. These books were far off my radar, and I’m a little puzzled that I’ve never encountered them prior to today, being that they were written by an author that I respect and that they won two Pulitzers. If anyone has read any books from the “Rabbit” series and would care to comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts!