John Updike Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

John Updike Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

A writer with John Updike’s versatility and range, whose fiction reveals a virtually symphonic richness and complexity, offers readers a variety of keys or themes with which to explore his work. The growing and already substantial body of criticism that Updike’s work has engendered, therefore, reflects a variety of approaches. Alice and Kenneth Hamilton were among the first critics to give extensive treatment to the religious and theological elements in Updike’s fiction. Rachel Burchard explores Updike’s fiction in terms of its presentations of authentic quests for meaning in our time, for answers to age-old questions about humanity and God, and in terms of its affirmation of human worth and hope despite the social and...

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