John Updike Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

John Updike Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

From the beginning of his career as a writer, John Updike demonstrated his strengths as a brilliant stylist and a master of mood and tone whose linguistic facility has sometimes overshadowed the dimensions of his vision of existence in the twentieth century. His treatment of some of the central themes of modern times—sexual and social politics, the nature of intimate relationships, the collapse of traditional values, the uncertainty of the human condition as the twentieth century draws to a close—is as revealing and compelling as that of any of his contemporaries. Although he was regarded mainly as a novelist, the short story may well have been his true métier, and his ability to use its compressed structure to generate...

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