Novelist John Updike died yesterday at age 76 of lung cancer. Hillel Italie of the AP describes him as a “Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire,” best known for his four ‘Rabbit’ novels.
Also in the Boston Globe (with list of ‘6 essential works’), the WaPo, Reuters, and the IHT, which quotes Updike from a 1966 interview: “My subject is the American Protestant small town middle class. … I like middles. … It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules.”