Magazine June 24, 2019, Issue


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Updike the Conservative

I am looking at a postcard I once received from John Updike as I contemplate Peter Tonguette’s “Updike’s Steady Vision” (May 20). (By the way, will anyone ever again receive a missive signed on paper by an author?)

Mr. Tonguette capably examines the Library of America’s volume containing Updike’s first four novels and rightly questions some of the quirks of his early writing. But the review leaves the reader with an unbalanced and somewhat unfair impression of Mr. Updike, focusing on the growing pains of his early career (“written in a windy, pretentious style”) and including such statements as

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