Library of America’s definitive Updike edition continues with three masterful novels on the joys and the discontents of the sexual revolution
Here for the first time in one volume are three of John Updike’s most essential novels–the scandalous Couples, the brilliant sequel Rabbit Redux, and the uproarious A Month of Sundays–which together form an unforgettable triptych of the social turbulence that roiled America from the Kennedy to the Nixon years. Written with the grace, verve, and style of one of literature’s most sophisticated entertainers, these books not only reveal Updike’s genius in characterization and his formal versatility as a novelist but also delve into the complexities of sex and marriage, social class and personal morality, and the difficult quandaries of the flesh and the spirit. As a special feature the volume also presents two short pieces that shed light on the novels and the tale “Couples: A Short Story,” the origin of the novel of the same name, written in 1963 but deemed unsuitable for publication by The New Yorker.
John Updike (1932–2009) was born 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… More about John Updike