by Adam Begley
Harper, 558 pp., $29.99
by John Updike, edited by Christopher Carduff
Library of America, two volumes, 1,949 pp., $75.00
For over half a century, John Updike transformed everyday America into lavishly eloquent and observant language. This—even more than his virtuoso writing about sex, his close readings of adultery and husbandly guilt, his tracking of American social politics, his philosophizing on time and the universe—is his great signature tune.
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