John Updike, 1932-2009

Today, John Updike, one of the great figures in modern American literature, passed away of lung cancer at the age of 76. Updike is survived by his wife and four children, and by the hundreds of unforgettable characters he created during his prolific literary career.

“Each morning,” Updike once wrote, “my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.”

Read Updike’s Rabbit, Run on Shmoop.

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