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Library of America John Updike Edition

John Updike
John Updike: Collected Early Stories (LOA #242) by John Updike
John Updike: Novels 1959-1965 (LOA #311) by John Updike
John Updike: Novels 1968-1975 (LOA #326) by John Updike

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Book 4
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 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.
Book 3
Library of America launches its definitive multi-volume edition of John Updike’s novels with the four early works that signaled the arrival of one of the most gifted young novelists of the 1960s.

John Updike had already made a name as a contributor of stories and poems to The New Yorker when, in January 1959, at the age of twenty-six, he published his first novel, The Poorhouse Fair, launching one of the most extraordinary literary careers in American letters. Now, Library of America inaugurates a multi-volume edition of Updike’s novels with this volume gathering his first four novels, including the landmark Rabbit, Run, chosen in 2010 by TIME Magazine one of the best 100 novels published in English since 1923. Set in the near future of 1978, The Poorhouse Fair stages a conflict between John Hook, a rebellious ninety-four-year-old former schoolteacher now a resident of a rural poorhouse, and young Mr. Conner, the utilitarian humanist who runs the facility, as an allegory of resistance in a world of systems and efficiencies. Updike’s legendary rejoinder to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Rabbit, Run (1960) introduces us to the author’s most enduring protagonist, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who, on an impulse, deserts his wife and son, with tragic consequences. The Centaur, a comic-tragic father-son novel that mixes memory and myth, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1964. The novella Of the Farm (1965) is one of Updike’s loveliest performances, a kind of chamber music for four voices set during a single memorable weekend.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Book 2
The Library of America presents the second of two volumes in its definitive Updike collection. Here are 84 classic stories that display the virtuosic command of character, dialogue, and sensual description that was Updike’s signature.. Based on new archival research, each story is presented in its final definitive form and in order of composition, established here for the first time.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Book 1
The Library of America presents the first of two volumes in its definitive Updike collection. Here are  102 classic stories that chart Updike’s emergence as America’s foremost practitioner of the short story, “our second Hawthorne,” as Philip Roth described him. Based on new archival research, each story is presented in its final definitive form and in order of composition, established here for the first time.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

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