Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism

Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism

John Updike


to enrich his paintings as a fiction author, John Updike permitted any variety of bizarre jobs—book reports and introductions, speeches and tributes, a “few paragraphs” on baseball or good looks or Borges—and observed each one as “an chance to profit whatever, or to extract from inside a few unsuspected wisdom.” during this, his greatest choice of varied prose, he brings generosity and perception to the works and lives of William Dean Howells, George Bernard Shaw, Philip Roth, Muriel Spark, and dozens extra. Novels from outposts of postmodernism like Turkey, Albania, Israel, and Nigeria are reviewed, as are biographies of Cleopatra and Dorothy Parker. The greater than 100 issues of books are flanked, on one facet, via brief tales, a playlet, and private essays, and, at the different, via essays on his personal oeuvre. Updike’s ordinary jobs will be the other writer’s leader paintings.

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