John Updike, 1932-2009

John Updike has died, of lung cancer.  You can read the New York Times obit here. 

I'm sad.  I didn't even know he was ill.  The obituary is one of those that has been on file for awhile and so doesn't talk a lot about the circumstances of his death.

Love him or hate him, he was a huge literary figure and he published over 50 books throughout his career.  The Times referred to him as "prolific, even compulsive." 

Not a bad epitaph, considering that so many of us struggle to even get words on the page.

(And, for those of you who thought I had gone to the same place as Updike, I assure you I'm still here.  I've got four, count 'em, four posts, written out to put up.  Circumstances in my life has been a bit, um, overwhelming shall we say.  My mother in a nursing home, my daughter deciding to get married in less than a month, a trip to Chicago for AWP to moderate a panel in a couple weeks and three ghostwriting projects.  Oh, and I just adopted my Mom's ancient, frail cat, who thinks the blind pug is a big scary beast out to eat her for breakfast when the truth is I'm not even sure he knows she exists.)

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rainer
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01/28/2009 15:29

well it is always sad when a person dies wether he has written zero books or 100. At least his 50 books remains and I hope the will not be forgotten 100 years from now on…Happy blogging

Hema.
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Hema.
01/29/2009 08:33

I was sad too when I heard that John Updike had passed on, more so because it came out of the blue. About fifteen years ago I had the pleasure of attending one of his lectures and he came across as a humorous, kindly man full of interesting anencdotes and jokes about himself.

The NYT obit was informative, if a bit dated. Check out the op ed essay by Lorrie Moore today (The Complete Updike) – its more illuminating and definitely more revealing of the great writer and human being he was.

Hema.

Theresa111
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02/08/2009 18:20

Hearts and hugs to you, your family, especially your sweet Mother, her cat and your dog, too. Call upon Divine Love, Divine Intelligence and Divine Order … in this order.

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