Still Looking (Magill's Literary Annual 2006)
For nearly half a century, John Updike has been producing books of fiction, poetry, and criticism at a rate that would make a dime-novel writer envious. In Updike’s case, however, the products of his labors continue to be elegantly styled, insightful, and, with rare exceptions, of the highest quality. Whether he is constructing a novel, commenting on foreign literature, or writing about his family, he engages his readers with his witticisms and his ability to make his prose or his poetry, when he chooses to write some, serve his bidding. His productivity has matched his breadth of knowledge, as he has published, on average, one book each year since 1957. Therefore, it is hard to think of another living writer who deserves the sobriquet “America’s most distinguished man of letters.”
Still Looking, Updike’s 2005 contribution to his canon of distinguished nonfiction, demonstrates that he is as perceptive about American visual arts as he is about American life. This volume collects eighteen of the more than fifty essays Updike has published since the appearance of his first book of art criticism, Just Looking: Essays on Art, in 1989. Most were written for The New York Review of Books and other prestigious publications, though a few were produced for inclusion in exhibition catalogs or for collections of art criticism. Two...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2006)
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Choice 43, no. 1 (September, 2005): 1-3.
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