John Updike Dies at 76

Pulitzer winner suffered from lung cancer, publisher says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2009 12:39 PM CST
John Updike here with Joy Williams, Grace Paley, foreground, and Joyce Carol Oates, has died.   (Rea Awards)
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(Newser) – John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters, and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce, and other adventures in postwar America, died today of lung cancer at age 76. A literary force who frequently appeared on best-seller lists, Updike penned novels, short stories, poems, criticism, the memoir Self-Consciousness, and even a famous essay about baseball great Ted Williams.

An old-fashioned believer in hard work, he published more than 50 books in a career that started in the 1950s. Updike won virtually every literary prize, including two Pulitzers, for Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest, and two National Book Awards.