Problems: And Other Stories

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John Updike's first collection of new short stories in seven years deals with such problems as divorce and remarriage, parents and children, prostitution and leprosy, extinct mammals and guilt-gems, resigning from a committee and getting in and out of Ethiopia.
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Overview

John Updike's first collection of new short stories in seven years deals with such problems as divorce and remarriage, parents and children, prostitution and leprosy, extinct mammals and guilt-gems, resigning from a committee and getting in and out of Ethiopia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449211038
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 570,252
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

John Updike
Best known for a series of novels featuring Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, John Updike was one of the 20th century's most distinguished American authors. Over the course of his long, prolific career, he garnered numerous literary awards, including two coveted Pulitzer Prizes!

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    The person who needs help

    Sorry, go to srm res 1 to help me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    *|| SkyClan Rules and Map ||*

    Welcome to SkyClan, a clan that accepts wings, powers, and the likes. First we'll start off with some rules. <br> 1) No godmodding, powerplaying, or anything unrealistic. <br> 2) No mating in camp. Please, take it somewhere else. <br> 3) Nothing inappropriate. No swears, jokes or anything non-kid friendly. <br> 4) Have fun! <br> 5) Follow the rules... leader's word is law... <p> <p> Now. On to SkyClan. <br> SkyClan is on a mountain, so there may be harsh snows, mountain lions, wolves, or bears. A thick pinewood forest is at the base of the mountain, but higher up is a treacherous maze of ice and rock. SkyClan is located between these two, in a smallish system of caves. <br> However, there can also be floods in the summer from glaciers, animal attacks, and the occasional hiker. SkyClan is not sheltered from these events. Streams thaw in the summer, freeze in the winter, and there is not much shrubbery, just the occasional dead bush or oak tree. There are no willows or birches on this mountain. <p> <p> &#9812 MAP &#9812 <p> Res 1~ here | Res 2 ~ Weather; check daily! | Res 3~ Bios | Res 4~ Leader's den | Res 5~ Main Camp | Res 6~ Warriors Den | Res 7~ Apprentice's den | Res 8~ Stream | Res 9~ Pinewood forest | Res 10~ Steep Cliff <p> Have Fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Go to icy night res one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    HEY UMM SO WHY IS IT REAL

    ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    To brlow

    So we can solve problems but no one has signed up yet...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Dawnstar

    Is the leader of Dragonclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    To below

    What is STD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    My Problem

    Great. I had group sex. That means seven people including me now have this STD. Thanks anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    To below

    A sexu<_>al trans<_>mitted disea<_>se

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Tto PhoenixWillow

    He will smile a lot when you two are together and you know hes acknolowging you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    To Willow

    I have a boy prob too. If its ok if i post it here too please answer at next res......to Candice

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    To PW

    "Well, does he turn towards you and face you totally while you are having a conversation?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    You sick creep

    Eww

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Sunwing

    Pff. How is Zeus the non-existent legend God? He's a lot different, and again, he doesn't exist. God does.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    To dark

    Im known a Kamara on the wolf rp. Im really sorry about your parents. If u wanna talk i will be here. Johnna

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Micakit

    Hey, that's why I exist! ;-) We could be friends, you know.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Keltie

    That's what l'm here for. Micakit and l will pray for you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Silverfoot

    You the best... i know they are thinking of you.... i am so sorry i could never imagie what it feels like... i am here for you whenever... really il b ur shoulder to cry on... i hope u d ur brither do well in life

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Angel

    Im sorry

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Skywing and dark

    IM A WICKEN...but i belive that zues and god are one and the same...i will not quit...my bro says this is good for me

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