Prize-winning author JOHN UPDIKE dies at 76

Booklovers across the world mourned the death of contemporary American writer John Updike on Tuesday, January 27. The best selling author died following a battle with lung cancer.

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and raised in nearby Shillington, Updike graduated from Harvard University on a full scholarship, where he edited the Harvard Lampoon.

Updike, who often set his stories in suburban, postwar America, was praised from the start for his writing, which appeared regularly in The New Yorker. Frequenting bestseller lists and winning numerous writing awards (two Pulitzers, two National Book Awards, and a PEN/Faulkner Award among them), the writer showcased his talent across a variety of writing styles—novels, short stories, poems, criticism, essays, and memoir.

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