By Anthony V.

John Updike juggles apples, and careers, at home in Ipswich, 1966.
John Updike juggles apples, and careers, at home in Ipswich, 1966.

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania on March 18, 1932.His father taught high school math and his mother wrote short stories and novels. His mother an aspiring writer encouraged him to write and draw. He excelled in school and served as President and co-valedictorian of his graduating class at Shillington High School.

For the first three summers after high school, he worked as a copy boy at the Reading Eagle newspaper, eventually producing a number of feature stories for the paper. He received a tuition scholarship to Harvard University, where he majored in English. As an undergraduate, he wrote stories and drew cartoons for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine, serving as the magazine's president in his senior year. Before graduating, he married Mary E. Pennington a student who also went to Harvard. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1954, and in that same year sold a poem and a short story to The New Yorker magazine.

John Updike spent his last years in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, in the same corner of New England where so much of his fiction is set. His last book was The Widows of Eastwick published in 2008 and a sequel to his 1984 novel The Witches of Eastwick. John Updike and his wife spent the following year in England, where Updike studied at Oxford's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. While they were in England, their first daughter was born and Updike met the American writers E. B. and Katharine White, editors at New Yorker, and urged him to seek a job at the magazine.

On returning from England, the Updikes settled in Manhattan, where John took a position as a staff writer at The New Yorker. He worked at the magazine for nearly two years, writing editorials, features and reviews, but after the birth of a son in 1957, he decided to move his growing family to the small town of Ipswich, Massachusetts. He continued to contribute to The New Yorker but resolved to support his family by writing full-time, without taking a salaried position. He maintained a lifelong relationship with The New Yorker, where many of his poems, reviews and short stories appeared but he resided in Massachusetts for the rest of his life.

John Updike spent his last years in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, in the same corner of New England where so much of his fiction is set.
His last book was The Widows of Eastwick published in 2008 and a sequel to his 1984 novel The Witches of Eastwick. John Updike died due to complications of lung cancer on January 27, 2009 at the age of 76.

John Updike wrote poems such as


"Baseball"

"Requiem"




Reflection

John Updike is an amazing and inspiring writer. He writes with a passon and his vocabulary is just incredible. In my opinon John Updike is a fantastic writer and his last poem the requiem was an incredible poem. It included all of his best work and it was just genius. I would highly recomend his portey to you.



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