He was the author of more than 60 books — novels, poems, essays and reviews. A book a year or thereabouts. He was a poet of suburbia, a lifelong Christian, a writer whose sex scenes could make almost anyone blush. Above all, he was a grand chronicler of the American century.
Writing of baseball great Ted Williams, Updike wrote, “Gods do not answer letters.” Updike, like Williams, was a prodigy. And America has lost its great man of letters.
This hour, On Point: Remembering John Updike.
You can join the conversation. What’s your favorite Updike novel, story, poem? What will you remember most about this American man of letters?Guests:
From Amherst, Mass., we're joined by William Pritchard, a distinguished literary critic and professor of English at Amherst College. He’s one of the great Updike scholars, and had a long-running correspondence with him. He’s the author of “Updike: America’s Man of Letters.”
The Globe also posts Updike's famous sendoff for Ted Williams, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu."
This program aired on January 28, 2009.