yesterday John Updike died of Lung Cancer. I loved his work.
his books and writing style were very much influenced by greats like Marcel Proust, Thurber, Salinger.
He was also a profound critic for the NYT and the New Yorker often insulted by the likes of Gore Vidal and others. Norman Mailer really disliked his work calling it " the kind of stuff that impresses people who know nothing about writing " he also said "it's true that Updike at his most lyrical can cause indigestion." (Both Quotes referenced from link
i disagree wholeheartedly, though I love Norman Mailer(who taught a boxer to be a novelist).
His stories exhibited a well shaped and determined dialogue with natural life, the life of the middle class and humanity's endless duel with death and dying. He also loved to describe the dwindling light of privilege.
"Toward the end of time" is by far my favorite, but of course he may be better remembered for "Rabbit, Run" and "Bech" , he has written so much. he won the Pulitzer for "Rabbit is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest"
I will always be a fan and will look forward to two more collections to be released Post-Mortem.
Great life Mr Updike. I am grateful for your perspective.