John Updike

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Birthday
18, 1932
Birthplace
Reading, PA
Death Date
Jan 27, 2009 (76)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
18, 1932
Birthplace
Reading, PA
Death Date
Jan 27, 2009 (76)

About

Acclaimed American novelist, short story writer, poet, and critic who wrote the acclaimed Rabbit Angstrom series, which consists of "Rabbit, Run," "Rabbit Redux," "Rabbit Is Rich," and "Rabbit At Rest." He was the recipient of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Before Fame

After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in English, he decided to study graphic design and become a cartoonist. He began his literary career as a staff writer for The New Yorker.

Trivia

His eight poetry collections include "The Carpentered Hen" and "Endpoint."

Family Life

He was married to Mary Pennington for over twenty years. His second marriage, to Martha Ruggles Bernhard, lasted more than thirty years. He had two sons, David and Michael, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Miranda.

Associated With

He was one of a select group of authors, including William Faulkner, to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once.