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April 2014 ENGLISH READING CLUB

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JOHN UPDIKE The Widows of Eastwick


JOHN UPDIKE (Pennsylvania, 1932- Massachusets, 2009)

------------------------------- BIOGRAPHY John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. He wrote more than fifty books, including collections of short stories, poems, essays, criticism and children's books. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series which chronicled the life of Harry “Rabbit� Angstrom over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to his death. Both Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit At Rest (1990) received the Pulitzer Prize. He is one of only three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. He died in January 2009.


----------------------------------SELECTED WORKS

RABBIT NOVELS, Rabbit, Run, 1960. Rabbit Redux, 1971. Rabbit Is Rich, 1981. Rabbit At Rest, 1990. Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels, 1995. Rabbit Remembered, 2001. EASTWICK BOOKS The Witches of Eastwick, 1984. The Widows of Eastwick, 2008. OTHER NOVELS The Poorhouse Fair, 1959. The Centaur, 1963. Of the Farm, 1965. Couples, 1968. Marry Me: A Romance, 1976. Roger's Version, 1986. Memories of the Ford Administration, 1992. Brazil, 1994. In the Beauty of the Lilies, 1996. Toward the End of Time, 1997. Gertrude and Claudius, 2000. Terrorist, 2006.


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Widows of Eastwick (2008)

More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike’s The witches of Eastwick. The three divorcéesAlexandra, Jane, and Sukie- have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such foreign lands as Canada, Egypt and China, and renew old acquaintance. Why not, Sukie and Jane ask Alexandra, go back to Easwick for the summer? The old Rhode Island seaside town, where they indulged in wicked mischief under the influence of the diabolical Darry Van Horne, is still magical for them. Now Darry is gone, and their lovers of the time have aged or died, but enchantment remains in the familiar streets and scenery of the village, where they enjoyed their lusty primes as free and empowered women. And, among the local citizenry, there are still those who remember them, and wish them ill. How they cope with the lingering traces of their evil deeds, the schocks of a mysterious counterspell, and the advancing inroads of old age, form the burden of Updike’s delightful ominous sequel.


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