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John Updike wrote about the lure of golf for five decades, from the first time he teed off at the age of twenty-five until his final rounds at the age of seventy-six. Golf Dreams collects the most memorable of his golf pieces, high-spirited evidence of his learning, playing, and living for the game. The camaraderie of golf, the perils of its present boom, how to relate to caddies, and how to manage short putts are among the topics he addresses, sometimes in lyrical essays, sometimes in light verse, sometimes in ...

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Overview

John Updike wrote about the lure of golf for five decades, from the first time he teed off at the age of twenty-five until his final rounds at the age of seventy-six. Golf Dreams collects the most memorable of his golf pieces, high-spirited evidence of his learning, playing, and living for the game. The camaraderie of golf, the perils of its present boom, how to relate to caddies, and how to manage short putts are among the topics he addresses, sometimes in lyrical essays, sometimes in light verse, sometimes in wickedly comic fiction. All thirty pieces have the lilt of a love song, and the crispness of a firm chip stiff to the pin.

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“Limber and sprightly, unique, alive . . . Updike understands golf, keenly, and expresses his understanding with charm and beauty, in words as sturdy as Lee Trevino’s stance.”—Sports Illustrated
 
“A book written under a clear blue sky with an utterly pure swing . . . Here, Updike waltzes about the heavens of Nabokov, in pure esthetic bliss. And here his transcendental agonies and anxieties fuse into split-second moments of impact that lift us from sand pit to rhapsody.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“[Golf Dreams clears] the hazards with ease and grace. [Updike] is eloquent on the pleasures and frustrations of the game [and] even better at dramatizing its mysterious pull.”—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449912690
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 308,206
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. 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. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

Biography

With an uncommonly varied oeuvre that includes poetry, criticism, essays, short stories, and novels, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner John Updike helped to change the face of late-20th-century American literature.

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Updike graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1954. Following a year of study in England, he joined the staff of The New Yorker, establishing a relationship with the magazine that continued until his death in January, 2009. For more than 50 years, he lived in two small towns in Massachusetts that inspired the settings for several of his stories.

In 1958, Updike's first collection of poetry was published. A year later, he made his fiction debut with The Poorhouse Fair. But it was his second novel, 1960's Rabbit, Run, that forged his reputation and introduced one of the most memorable characters in American fiction. Former small-town basketball star Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom struck a responsive chord with readers and critics alike and catapulted Updike into the literary stratosphere.

Updike would revisit Angstrom in 1971, 1981, and 1990, chronicling his hapless protagonist's jittery journey into undistinguished middle age in three melancholy bestsellers: Rabbit Redux, Rabbit Is Rich, and Rabbit at Rest. A concluding novella, "Rabbit Remembered," appeared in the 2001 story collection Licks of Love.

Although autobiographical elements appear in the Rabbit books, Updike's true literary alter ego was not Harry Angstrom but Harry Bech, a famously unproductive Jewish-American writer who starred in his own story cycle. In between -- indeed, far beyond -- his successful series, Updike went on to produce an astonishingly diverse string of novels. In addition, his criticism and short fiction became popular staples of distinguished literary publications.

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Updike first became entranced by reading when he was a young boy growing up on an isolated farm in Pennsylvania. Afflicted with psoriasis and a stammer, he escaped his self-consciousness by immersing himself in drawing, writing, and reading.

An accomplished artist, Updike accepted a one-year fellowship to study painting at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Arts at Oxford University. He decided to attend Harvard University because he was a big fan of the school's humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon.

One of the most respected authors of the 20th century, Updike won every major literary prize in America, including the Guggenheim Fellow, the Rosenthal Award, the National Book Award in Fiction, the O. Henry Prize, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Union League Club Abraham Lincoln Award, the National Arts Club Medal of Honor, and the National Medal of the Arts.

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Hoyer Updike (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 18, 1932
    2. Place of Birth:
      Shillington, Pennsylvania
    1. Date of Death:
      January 27, 2009
    2. Place of Death:
      Beverly Farms, MA

Table of Contents

Preface
Golf Dreams (1979) 3
Drinking from a Cup Made Cinchy (1959) 6
Tips on a Trip (1973) 13
The Pro (1966) 18
Swing Thoughts (1984) 24
Those Three- or Four-Footers (1994) 29
The Gimme Game (1995) 35
The Trouble with a Caddie (1993) 39
Moral Exercise (1993) 44
Intercession (1958) 51
Three Rounds with Rabbit Angstrom (1959, 1989) 68
A Good Round with Tom Marshfield (1974) 99
The Golf-Course Proprietor (1979) 107
Golf as a Game of the People (1986) 110
The Big Bad Boom (1990) 115
The Camaraderie of Golf - I (1986) 122
The Camaraderie of Golf - II (1987) 126
Farrell's Caddie (1991) 131
Upon Winning One's Flight in the Senior Four-Ball (1994) 142
Golfers (1975) 143
The Bliss of Golf (1982) 147
Is There Life After Golf? (1972) 151
Golf in Writing (1986) 159
U.S. Golf (1994) 169
Television Golf (1988) 174
Memoirs of a Marshal (1990) 180
Women's Work (1984) 183
Is Life Too Short for Golf? (1991) 187
The Yankee Golfer (1994) 192
December Golf (1989) 198
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

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    Well. That was a quite satisfying story. Few grammar mistakes, in some places you could have used better word choice. One note about the adopted father. You say he is adopted before you put that he became her father. You should say, if you want to say that he adopts her, my soon-to-be adopted father. Anyways, great job! Do not repost your story here. Lots of other cats will want to read it too! You are a wonderful writer!

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    *Clappity clap clap* Hallo Snowfern!

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    Posted December 25, 2012

    Snowferns story

    Snowkit was staring at the entrance of camp waiting for her mother. She could hear fighting noised and screeches. Her little blue eyes shone. She worried for her mother because newleaf had come late this year. All of a sudden Snowkits mother, Brightflower stumbled in. She had cut marks all over her obviously from a fox attack. Snowkit screeched and took off into the forest. She ran. And ran. And ran. She tripped on a twig and fell down. Her heart was racing so fast that she could hear it in her ears. She got up and starting running again. When she tripped this time she stumbled into WolfClan territory. The first cat she saw was Darkwing, her adopted father. "Hi." The tom said in a gentle voice. Snowkit cowered away afraid of the larger cat. "Hi im Snowkit." She said. Darkwing smiled. She had found a forever friend and a father. She was happy and had a good life afterwards. Making through her apprentice training she received the warrior name: Snowfern. Her first mates name was Owlblaze. They had one kit together. Blazekit. Snowfern hasnt died yet and is living peacefulyy in WolfClan.

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