Bibliography (Magill's Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition)
Schiff, James A. John Updike Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1998. In this readable overview, Schiff endeavors to understand Updike’s entire body of work, putting individual works in context for the reader. Schiff provides commentary on works that have largely been ignored by the public as well as books that have received little critical attention.
Singh, Sukbir. “Updike’s Couples.” The Explicator 52 (Winter, 1994): 125-128. Singh argues that spiritual awakening is one of the themes in Updike’s novel. He examines the symbolic significance of the burning church and demonstrates that, contrary to popular and critical opinion, Updike is primarily concerned with the upholding of Christian beliefs in the sanctity of love, sex, and marriage.
Updike, John. Conversations with John Updike, edited by James Plath. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1994. A collection of interviews given by Updike between 1959 and 1993. A revealing portrait of Updike’s background and personality; his views on life, sex, politics, and religion; and his evolution as a writer.
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