Picked-Up Pieces: Essays

By John Updike

In John Updike’s moment number of varied prose he comes into his personal as a ebook reviewer; lots of the items picked up the following have been first released in The New Yorker in the Nineteen Sixties and early ’70s. If one observe might sum up the younger critic’s method of books and their authors it'd be “generosity”: “Better to compliment and share,” he says in his Foreword, “than accountable and ban.” And so he follows his enthusiasms, which end up either deserving and infectious: Kierkegaard, Proust, Joyce, Dostoevsky, and Hamsun one of the classics; Borges, Nabokov, Grass, Bellow, Cheever, and Jong one of the contemporaries. right here too are meditations on devil and cemeteries, shuttle essays on London and Anguilla, 3 very early “golf dreams,” and one mammoth interview. Picked-Up items is a glittering treasury for each reader who likes lifestyles, books, wit—and John Updike.

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Library of Congress Catalo&ing in Pu~lication Updike, John. Picked-up. items. comprises index. I. identify. PS357I. P4P48 813'·5'4 75-8252 ISBN<>--394-49849"-6 synthetic Acknowledgments info thankful acknowledgment is made to the subsequent magazines and publishers, who first revealed the items specific, occasionally lower than different titles: within the united states First variation the hot YORKER:"Amor Vincit Omnia advert Nauseam," "The First Lunar Invitational," "Letter from Anguilla," "Voznesensky Met," and fifty of the booklet reports, together with seven released as "Briefly famous. " the hot YORKTIMES: "On assembly Writers," "Bech Meets Me," "Tips on a Trip," "His personal Horn," and "Coffee-Table Books for prime espresso Tables. " the hot REPUBLIC: "The Mastery of omit Warner" and the poem in "P. S. " ;; i the hot STATESMAN:"Papa's unhappy testomony" and "Notes to a Poem. " THE LISTENER: "Notes of a brief Resident. " THE SUNDAYTIMES (London): "And over again tremendous. " TRANSATLANTIC overview: "Cemeteries. " THE ATLANTICMONTHLY: "Black Suicide" and "Talk of a tragic city. " HORIZON:"Remembrance of items previous Remembered. " rationale: "Auden Fecit. " lifestyles: "Mnemosyne Chastened" and "A uncooked anything. " PLAYBOY:Comment on creativity. MADEMOISELLE:Comment on lady sexuality. BOOKSANDBOOKMEN: "The way forward for the radical. " THE AMERICANPEN (Vol. 2, NO. 3): "Humor in Fiction. " SOUTHERNREVIEW (South Australia): "Why Write? " GAMBIT, INC. : advent Levine. to Pens and Needles, drawings by means of David ACKNOWLEDGMENTS VI CO. : advent to The Harvard Lampoon Centennial party 1876-1973. SHEED AND WARD, INC. : advent to Soundings in Satanism. DELACORTE PRESS AND PENGUIN BOOKS, LTD. , LONDON: 3 translations of Borges poems from Jorge Luis Borges: chosen Poems 1924-1967, edited via Norman Thomas di Giovanni, Copyright © 1972 by way of Delacorte Press. SUNTORY LTD. (Tokyo, Japan): "Farewell to the center type" reprinted from Suntory Fiction and Essays. TRIQUARTERLY BOOKS (Northwestern collage Press): "A Tribute" from Nabokou, edited through Alfred Appel, Jr. , and Charles Newman HOUGHTON MIFFLIN (1970). Excerpts from "Reality and the unconventional in Africa and America," a symposium (Lagos, 1972). UNITED STATES info carrier: I PO • I ! ! TO ROGERS WHITAKER Contents • r. Foreword xv perspectives , THE LITERARY existence On assembly Writers V oznesensley Met three 7 Bech Meets Me 10 Fareuiell to the center category thirteen 4 SPEECHES Accuracy the way forward for the unconventional From Humor in Fiction Why Write? LONDON Notes of a brief Resident forty Notes to a Poem forty nine AMOR l existence VINCIT OMNIA advert NAUSEAM fifty two JOYCE CEMETERIES AND PROUST Questions relating Giacomo LETTER FROM Remembrance of items previous Remembered ANGUILLA rs. 4 162 the writer as Librarian 3 Translations INTRODUCTIONS • NABOKOV Mnemosyne Chastened Mary Unrevamped The Crunch of Happiness To Soundings in Satanism golfing the 1st Lunar Invitational Van Loves Ada, Ada Loves Van tips about a visit Is There existence After golfing?

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