By John Updike
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
A harvest and never a winnowing, this quantity collects 103 tales, just about all of the quick fiction that John Updike wrote among 1953 and 1975. "How hardly ever it may be acknowledged of any of our nice American writers that they've been both proficient in either lengthy and brief forms," reads the quotation composed for John Updike upon his successful the 2006 Rea Award for the fast tale. "Contemplating John Updike's huge success within the brief tale, one is moved to think about Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, and maybe William Faulkner--writers whose reputations will be as huge, or approximately, if brief tales were all they had written. From [his] awesome early brief tale collections . . . via his fantastically nuanced tales of relations existence [and] the bittersweet humors of center age and past . . . John Updike has created a physique of labor within the notoriously tough kind of the quick tale to set beside these of those wonderful American predecessors. Congratulations and heartfelt thank you are because of John Updike for having introduced such excitement and such illumination to such a lot of readers for therefore many years."
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The Early Stories: 1953-1975 by John Updike