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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

March 18th, 2002

Prolific American novelist John Updike (The Centaur, 1963) is born in Shillington, Pa., 1932.

John Updike, b. March 18, 1932, d. 2008

updike.jpgUpdike has been hailed as a writer’s writer and as a chronicler of his (our) times, and he has been attacked for his obsession with adulterous sex, which seems to figure largely in almost all his books. He is also a formidable critic, with remarkably catholic tastes in writing. Updike has written so much, it would be a miracle if all of it were excellent, but a lot is. Although he did not win the Nobel Prize before his death last year, many, if not all, of his books have been reprinted. Meanwhile, as the bibliography that follows suggests, read some of the novels, dabble in the short story collections, and do not neglect the literary essays.

Suggested Reading Novels The Poorhouse Fair, 1959. Rabbit, Run, 1960. The Centaur, 1963. Of the Farm, 1965. The Coup, 1978. The Bech Trilogy Bech: A Book, 1970. Bech is Back, 1982. Bech at Bay, 1998. Short stories Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories, 1962. Ohlinger Stories, 1964. Museums and Women and Other Stories, 1972. Problems and Other Stories, 1979. Trust Me, 1987. The Afterlife and Other Stories, 1994. Licks of Love, 2000. Memoir Self-Consciousness, 1989. Essays Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism, 1983. Just Looking: Essays on Art, 1989. Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism, 1991. More Matter, 1999.

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