Literary Techniques

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Updike is best known as a novelist of manners. The clarity and precision of his style create the illusion of real characters in a plausible...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Updike describes Rabbit Redux as "echoes and ramifications of the national and international disturbances that were so preoccupying in...

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Social Concerns

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Rabbit Redux is the second in a series of novels about the adventures of Harry Angstrom. All four novels are concerned with the...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Bloom, Harold, ed. John Updike: Modern Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House, 1987.

Boswell, Marshall. John Updike’s Rabbit Tetralogy: Mastered Irony in Motion. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000.

Greiner, Donald. John Updike’s Novels. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1984.

Luscher, Robert M. John Updike: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1993.

Miller, D. Quentin. John Updike and the Cold War: Drawing the Iron Curtain. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001.

Newman, Judie. John Updike. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1988.

Schiff, James A. John Updike Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1998.

Updike, John. Self-Consciousness: Memoirs. New York: Knopf, 1989.

Uphaus, Suzanne Henning. John Updike. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1980.

Literary Precedents

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Two of Updike's contemporaries published books just before Rabbit Redux that respond in different ways to the success of Apollo 11....

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Related Titles

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Updike began the adventures of Harry Angstrom with Rabbit, Run in 1960. The protagonist is in his mid-twenties, feels trapped by the...

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Only the first novel in the Rabbit series has been adapted as a film. Updike reports: "Rabbit Run, made in the late '60s, came and...

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