Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Updike's satire of religious communes has attracted a fair amount of commentary, but the most controversial aspect of S., by far, is...

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Techniques / Literary Precedents

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

S. is a contemporary example of an eighteenth-century narrative tradition, a novel in the form of letters. Updike updates the...

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Related Titles

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

The subject of adultery is seldom missing from Updike's twelve earlier novels. The success of Couples in 1968 was the occasion for...

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(Literary Masterpieces, Volume 7)

The Atlantic. CCLXI, April, 1988, p. 78.

The Christian Century. CV, May 18, 1988, p. 508.

Library Journal. CXIII, April 15, 1988, p. 97.

London Review of Books. X, May 5, 1988, p. 20.

Los Angeles Times Book Review. March 13, 1988, p. 3.

National Review. XL, May 13, 1988, p. 58.

The New Leader. LXXI, April 18, 1988, p. 20.

The New Republic. CXCVIII, June 20, 1988, p. 39.

The New York Times Book Review. XCIII, March 13, 1988, p. 7.

Newsweek. CXI, March 14, 1988, p. 58.

Publishers Weekly. CCXXXIII, January 22, 1988, p. 102.

Time. CXXXI, February 29, 1988, p. 98.

The Washington Post Book World. XVIII, March 6, 1988, p. 1.