A giant in 20th-century literature died this week. John Updike, a prolific writer who penned more than 25 novels, a dozen short story collections, poetry, as well as art and literary criticism, passed away on Jan. 27.
He is most well-known for his Rabbit series, which featured Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom as its main character. Two of the books in the five-novel series, Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest each received the Pulitizer Prize in Fiction in 1982 and 1991. Other novels he is known for include The Witches of Eastwick, which was made into a movie and Bech Is Back. His most recent fiction was The Terrorist about a convert to Islam who tries to blow up the Lincoln Tunnel.
For some of Updike’s lesser-known work, try these:
The Widows of Eastwick
Still Looking: Essays on American Art
The Early Stories – 1953-1975
Americana and Other Poems
Gertrude and Claudius
Don’t Miss . . .
Special events to celebrate the City of Fairfax’s Chocolate Lover’s Festival at the City of Fairfax Regional Library Feb. 7-8. Sign up is required for all events.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. Chocolate Lovers Crafts for Kids. Girl Scout Troop #1194 provides simple crafts as a part of the City of Fairfax’s Chocolate Lovers Festival. Age 4-8 with adult.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. Turley the Magician. A magic show full of comedy and old-fashioned fun for the whole family as a part of the City of Fairfax’s Chocolate Lovers Festival. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional library. All ages.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m. Glass Harp Music Performance. Presented by world famous harpist Jamey Turner as part of the City of Fairfax’s Chocolate Lovers Festival. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages.
Sunday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m. Magical Moments With Jonathan Austin. Magic, movement and fun. Part of the City of Fairfax’s Chocolate Lovers Festival. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages.