Tuesday, January 27, 2009

R.I.P. John Updike

One of America's greatest writers, and one who tends to be overlooked quite a bit. His Rabbit novels, collectively, were some of the best literary works about suburban American life and struggles for over three decades. He had more popular titles, like The Witches Of Eastwick and Couples, as well as his short fiction. The Rabbit Angstrom novels, however, were a reflection of the times that most Americans lived through and experienced.

You can find lots of information about him here.

His frank and upfront prose about living in America has inspired many writers since, and the influence of the Rabbit novels can be seen in films like American Beauty and Revolutionary Road.

Here's a long interview with Updike from The Charlie Rose show in 2000.