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Tired of the responsibility of married life, Harry Angstrom leaves his wife and home, in Rabbit, Run, and is forced to cope with the infidelity of his wife in Rabbit Redux, in the first volume of an omnibus set containing the four Rabbit novels. Original. *Author: Updike, John *Publication Date: 2003/11/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50
John Updike, the son of a schoolteacher father and a mother who wanted to be a writer, was raised in Reading, Pennsylvania--a town not unlike Brewer, where, many years later, he situated his famous character, Rabbit Angstrom. Updike graduated from Harvard, where he nourished "an un-Harvardian desire to be a cartoonist," as he put it in an interview, and where he was turned down "repeatedly" for Archibald MacLeish's writing class. He was also editor of Harvard's famous humor magazine, the Lampoon. After college, Updike worked for a few years on the staff of The New Yorker before he began publishing fiction. He is the author of over 50 books, including not only novels but collections of short stories, poems, and criticism--even children's books. His novels have been almost invariably critical and popular successes, and his tetralogy about Rabbit Angstrom (RABBIT, RUN; RABBIT REDUX; RABBIT IS RICH; RABBIT AT REST) has assured him a prominent place in American literary history. Updike is a disciplined writer who has said that he can't enjoy the rest of the day until he's written at least a thousand words. Considered one of the masters of contemporary fiction, he has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Updike is the father of four children and has been married twice. He died in 2009 from lung cancer.
"The RABBIT series of novels, one for each decade from 1960 to 1990, will be read in afteryears as among the most comprehensive and revealing records of the mores and morals of the second half of the twentieth century...."
From the Publisher
The first and second novels in John Updike’s acclaimed quartet of Rabbit books–now in one marvelous volume.RABBIT, RUN“Brilliant and poignant . . . By his compassion, clarity of insight, and crystal-bright prose, [Updike] makes Rabbit’s sorrow his and out own.”–The Washington Post“Precise, graceful, stunning, he is an athlete of words and images. He is also an impeccable observer of thoughts and feelings.”–The Village VoiceRABBIT REDUX“ ‘Great in love, in art, boldness, freedom, wisdom, kindness, exceedingly rich in intelligence, wit, imagination, and feeling–a great and beautiful thing . . .’ these hyperboles (quoted from a letter written long ago by Thomas Mann) come to mind after reading John Updike’s Rabbit Redux.”–The New York Times Book Review“Updike owns a rare verbal genius, a gifted intelligence and a sense of tragedy made bearable by wit. . . . A masterpiece.”–Time
RABBIT, RUN, John Updike's highly acclaimed saga of desire and regret, first published in 1959, introduces Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, a typical Middle American--small-town Protestant, former basketball star, married man intent on making a name for himself in the community--whose life begins to unravel when he falls in love and deserts his wife. Caught between his sense of duty and his intimations of life's real depth, he is unable to commit himself to one or the other. In RABBIT REDUX, Updike's poignant sequel to RABBIT, RUN, the Angstroms are caught up in the social turmoil of the 1960s: sexual adventures, racial conflict, drugs. Updike takes the opportunity to explore the decade's tumultuous changes as they affect the traditional American values on which Rabbit Angstrom--like so many other Americans--fancied his life was based.