Farewell, John Updike.
Who has read one book from each of these authors? Were they required for a class?
UPDATE: - Wish I had said this.
Since this was really too short to do justice to Mr. Updike, here is a better quote from a fellow ACL member with his kind permission
I think it likely, if perhaps arguably, that whereas Flannery O'Connor was
the 20th Century's greatest American Christian (Catholic) writer, John Updike
was the greatest Christian (Protestant) writer. (And both, of course are in the
same pantheon that houses great Christian writers such as CS Lewis, JRR
Tolkien, GK Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn, Rose Macaulay, Evelyn Waugh, Graham
Greene, likely Charles Williams . . . the list goes on). Updike died today and
despite his sad decline in recent years, it's a huge loss.
introduction to and discussion of Updike's explicit Christian convictions and
his handling of the large human themes, "Christianly," in his writing is: *John
Updike and Religion: The Sense of the Sacred and the Motions of Grace,* edited
by James Yerkes, Eerdmans, 1999.
However, needless to say, there is nothing
like reading him for oneself.
JAM --Joseph McDonald, PhDDirector
of the Library andProfessor of Library ScienceBethel College