Download Understanding John Updike PDF by Frederic Svoboda Full Free and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 2018-04-01 with total page 136 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The winner of every major American literary prize, John Updike (1932-2009) was one of the most popular and prolific novelists of his time and a major cultural figure who traced the high point and fall of midcentury American self-confidence and energy. A superb stylist with sixty books to his credit, he brilliantly rendered the physical surfaces of the nation's life even as he revealed the intense longings beneath those surfaces. In Understanding John Updike, Frederic Svoboda elucidates the author's deep insights into the second half of the twentieth century as seen through the lives of ordinary men and women. He offers extended close readings of Updike's most significant works of fiction, templates through which his entire oeuvre may be understood. A small-town Pennsylvanian whose prodigious talent took him to Harvard, a staff position at the New Yorker, and ultimately a life in suburban Massachusetts, where the pace of his literary output never slowed, Updike was very much in the American cultural tradition. His series of Rabbit Angstrom novels strongly echo Sinclair Lewis's earlier explorations of middle America, while The Witches of Eastwick and related novels are variations on Nathaniel Hawthorne's nineteenth-century classic The Scarlet Letter. His number-one best seller Couples examines what Time magazine called "the adulterous society" in the last year of the Kennedy administration, following the nation's fall from idealism into self-centeredness. Understanding John Updike will give both new readers and those already familiar with the author a firm grasp of his literary achievement. This outline of Updike's professional career highlights his importance in the life of the nation—not only as a novelist but also as a gifted essayist, reviewer, cultural critic, and poet.
Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher : Gale, Cengage Learning
Release Date : 2016-06-29
ISBN 10 : 9781410361004
Pages : 24 pages
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Download A Study Guide for John Updike's "Toward the End of Time" PDF by Gale, Cengage Learning Full Free and published by Gale, Cengage Learning . This book was released on 2016-06-29 with total page 24 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Study Guide for John Updike's "Toward the End of Time," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
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Publisher : Influence Publishers
Release Date : 2020-03-27
ISBN 10 : 9781645422877
Pages : 162 pages
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Download Study Guide to Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux by John Updike PDF by Intelligent Education Full Free and published by Influence Publishers. This book was released on 2020-03-27 with total page 162 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by John Updike, two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction in 1982 and 1991. Titles in this study guide include Rabbit Run and Rabbit Redux. As a prominent voice of literary realism for 1970s American fiction, Updike’s Rabbit novels commented on the changing social and political hierarchies of late modernism in America’s Eisenhour era. Moreover, Updike has been called a “maker of fables and parables,” which can be seen through his use of symbolism and imagery. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Updike’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.
Download A Study Guide for John Updike's "Rabbit, Run" PDF by Gale, Cengage Learning Full Free and published by Gale, Cengage Learning . This book was released on 2016-06-29 with total page 21 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Study Guide for John Updike's "Rabbit, Run," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
Download Myth and Gospel in the Fiction of John Updike PDF by John McTavish Full Free and published by BoD – Books on Demand. This book was released on 2018-01-01 with total page 203 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Big on style, slight on substance: that has been a common charge over the years by critics of John Updike. In fact, however, John Updike is one of the most serious writers of modern times. Myth, as this book shows, unlocks his fictional universe and repeatedly breaks open the powerful themes in his literary parables of the gospel. Myth and Gospel in the Fiction of John Updike also includes a personal tribute to John Updike by his son David, two essays by pioneer Updike scholars Alice and Kenneth Hamilton, and an anecdotal chapter in which readers share Updike discoveries and recommendations. All in all, weight is added to the complaint that the master of myth and gospel was shortchanged by the Nobel committee.
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Download The John Updike Encyclopedia PDF by Jack De Bellis Full Free and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2000 with total page 545 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: John Updike is one of the most seminal American writers of the 20th century and one of the most prolific as well. His writing consistently reveals stylistic brilliance, and through his engagement with America's moral and spiritual problems, his works chronicle America's hopes and dreams, failures and disappointments. Though an enormously popular writer, the complexity and elegance of his works have elicited much scholarly attention. Through several hundred alphabetically arranged entries, this book provides an exceptional resource for both casual and serious readers. Whether seeking a novel summary, an authoritative analysis of subjects, elucidation of an allusion, or a point about Updike's life and manner of composition, the encyclopedia is indispensable. Extensive cross-referencing, numerous bibliographies, and a thorough index enhance its usefulness.
Download John Updike's Rabbit Tetralogy PDF by Marshall Boswell Full Free and published by University of Missouri Press. This book was released on 2001 with total page 253 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Structure of the finished "mega-novel" echoes the work's thematic rationale." "To help readers who are interested in a particular Rabbit novel. Boswell devotes a chapter to each individual section of the tetralogy. At the same time, he treats each novel as an integral part of the more comprehensive whole." --Book Jacket.
Download John Updike Remembered PDF by Jack A. De Bellis Full Free and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2017-11-02 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Fifty-three individuals present a prismatic view of the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and his work through anecdote and insight. Interviews and essays from family, friends and associates reveal sides of the novelist perhaps unfamiliar to the public--the high school prankster, the golfer, the creator of bedtime stories, the charming ironist, the faithful correspondent with scholars, the devoted friend and the dedicated practitioner of his craft. The contributors include his first wife, Mary Pennington, and three of their children; high school and college friends; authors John Barth, Joyce Carol Oates and Nicholson Baker; journalists Terri Gross and Ann Goldstein; and scholars Jay Parini, William Pritchard, James Plath, and Adam Begley, Updike's biographer.
Download John Updike's Human Comedy PDF by Brian Keener Full Free and published by Peter Lang. This book was released on 2005 with total page 164 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The comedy in John Updike's most important works - The Centaur; Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit at Rest; and Rabbit Remembered - defines a comic world and its morality. Although critics have failed to recognize the extent and the importance of Updike's comedy, his serious fiction does contain a good deal of farce, burlesque, and irony that, far from being peripheral or mere comic relief, depicts the absurd and contradictory nature of life. Within such a world, set in the everyday Pennsylvania of the second half of the twentieth century, human beings mature, or gain Kierkegaard's ethical sphere, by fulfilling their societal and generational responsibilities. George Caldwell of The Centaur is Updike's paragon, while Rabbit Angstrom embodies the comic hero who, through trial and error, finally matures. Overall, through an analysis of Updike's comedy, this book reveals a dimension of his fiction that is essential to understanding his work.
Download Becoming John Updike PDF by Laurence W. Mazzeno Full Free and published by Camden House. This book was released on 2013 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When John Updike died in 2009, tributes from the literary establishment were immediate and fulsome. However, no one reading reviews of Updike's work in the late 1960s would have predicted that kind of praise for a man who was known then as a brilliant stylist who had nothing to say. What changed? Why? And what is likely to be his legacy? These are the questions that Becoming John Updike pursues by examining the journalistic and academic response to his writings. Several things about Updike's career make a reception study appropriate. First, he was prolific: he began publishing fiction and essays in 1956, published his first book in 1958, and from then on, brought out at least one new book each year. Second, his books were reviewed widely - usually in major American newspapers and magazines, and often in foreign ones as well. Third, Updike quickly became a darling of academics; the first book about his work was published in 1967, less than a decade after his own first book. More than three dozen books and hundreds of articles of academic criticism have been devoted to Updike. The present volume will appeal to the continuing interest in Updike's writing among academics and general readers alike. Laurence W. Mazzeno is President Emeritus of Alvernia University. Among other books, he has written volumes on Austen, Dickens, Tennyson, and Matthew Arnold for Camden House's Literary Criticism in Perspective series.
Download European Perspectives on John Updike PDF by Laurence W. Mazzeno Full Free and published by Boydell & Brewer. This book was released on 2018 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From his first book publication in 1958, the American writer John Updike attracted an international readership. His books have been translated into twenty-three languages, and he has always had a strong following in the United Kingdom and in Europe. Although Updike died in 2009, interest in his work remains strong among European scholars. No recent volume, however, collects diverse European views on Updike's oeuvre. The current book fills that void, presenting essays that perceive Updike's renditions of America through the eyes of scholar/readers from both Western and Eastern Europe--back cover.
Download Updike and Politics PDF by Matthew Shipe Full Free and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2019-06-27 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Updike & Politics presents the first collection of essays devoted to the political aspects of Updike’s work and showcases a variety of international perspectives.
Download Understanding Italo Calvino PDF by Beno Weiss Full Free and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 1993 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Highlights Calvino's fascination with folk tales, knights, social & political allegories, & science fiction.
Download Literature in Society PDF by Regina Rudaitytė Full Free and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2012-12-05 with total page 275 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The essays in this volume focus on the text-world dichotomy that has been a pivotal problem since Plato, implicating notions of mimesis and representation and raising a series of debatable issues. Do literary texts relate only to the fictional world and not to the real one? Do they not only describe but also perform and thus create and transform reality? Is literature a mere reflection/expression of society, a field and a tool of political manipulations, a playground to exercise ideological and social power? Herbert Grabes’ seminal essay “Literature in Society/Society and Its Literature”, which opens this volume, perfectly captures the essential functions of literature in society, whether it be Derridean belief in a revolutionary potential of literature, “the power of literature to say everything”, or Hillis Miller’s view of literature having the potential to create or reveal alternative realities; or, according to Grabes, the ability of literature “to offer to society a possibility of self-reflection by way of presenting a double of what is held to be reality”; and, last but not least, the ability of literature “to considerably contribute to the joy of life by enabling a particular kind of pleasure” – the pleasure of reading literature. The subsequent essays collected in this volume deal with complex relations between Literature and Society, approaching this issue from different angles and in various historical epochs. They are on diverse thematics and written from diverse theoretical perspectives, differing in scope and methodology.
Download John Updike: A Critical Biography PDF by Bob Batchelor Full Free and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2013-04-23 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Demonstrates that beyond the common view of Updike as America's chronicler of the suburbs, he wrote experimental fiction that captured global issues Identifies how Updike used popular culture in his work, first as a way of providing context, then as a means of editorializing or critiquing American culture's growing consumerism Features analysis of Updike's poetry and literary criticism, two specific areas underserved in other scholarly examinations of Updike's work.
Download John Updike and the Cold War PDF by Daniel Quentin Miller Full Free and published by University of Missouri Press. This book was released on 2001 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "One of the most enduring and prolific American authors of the latter half of the twentieth century, John Updike has long been recognized by critics for his importance as a social commentator. Yet, John Updike and the Cold War is the first work to examine how Updike's views grew out of the defining context of American culture in his time - the Cold War. Quentin Miller argues that because Updike's career began as the Cold War was taking shape in the mid-1950s, the world he creates in his entire literary oeuvre - fiction, poetry, and nonfiction prose - reflects the optimism and the anxiety of that decade."--Jacket