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John Updike

Fecha de nacimiento: 18. Marzo 1932
Fecha de muerte: 27. Enero 2009
Otros nombres:Con Apdayk,John Hoyer Updike

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John Hoyer Updike fue un importante escritor estadounidense, autor de novelas, relatos cortos, poesías, ensayos y críticas literarias, así como de un libro de memorias personales.

La obra más importante de Updike fue la serie de novelas sobre su famoso personaje Harry Conejo Angstrom . De la famosa tetralogía, Conejo es rico y Conejo en paz le permitieron ganar sendos Premio Pulitzer en 1982 y 1991, respectivamente. Describiendo su famoso personaje como "el protestante de clase media de un pequeño pueblo norteamericano", Updike, bien conocido por su escritura prolífica, que raya en un cuidado casi artesanal, llegó a publicar 22 novelas y más de una docena de colecciones de historias cortas, así como poesías, ensayos, críticas literarias e, incluso, libros para niños. Cientos de sus historias, reportajes y poemas han ido apareciendo regularmente en el semanario The New Yorker desde 1950. Su trabajo como escritor explora habitualmente las motivaciones humanas sobre el sexo, la fe, la razón última de la existencia, la muerte, los conflictos generacionales y las relaciones interpersonales.

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Frases John Updike

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„Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.“

— John Updike, Self-Consciousness
Context: Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being “somebody,” to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his overanimation. One can either see or be seen. Ch. 6

„I think “taste” is a social concept and not an artistic one.“

— John Updike
Context: I think “taste” is a social concept and not an artistic one. I’m willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else’s living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another’s brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves. Interview in New York Times Book Review (10 April 1977). later published in Conversations with John Updike (1994) edited by James Plath, p. 113

„Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is.“

— John Updike
Context: Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is. When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, tolerable it was. We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows. Act I

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„Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe.“

— John Updike
Context: Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-Thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books. Ch. 6

„The pain of the world is a crater all these syrups and pills a thousandfold would fail to fill.“

— John Updike
Context: His insides are beginning to feel sickly. The pain of the world is a crater all these syrups and pills a thousandfold would fail to fill.

„The fullness ends when we give Nature her ransom, when we make children for her. Then she is through with us, and we become, first inside, and then outside, junk. Flower stalks.“

— John Updike
Context: He feels the truth: the thing that has left his life has left irrevocably; no search would recover it. No flight would reach it. It was here, beneath the town, in these smells and these voices, forever behind him. The fullness ends when we give Nature her ransom, when we make children for her. Then she is through with us, and we become, first inside, and then outside, junk. Flower stalks.

„It's no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.“

— John Updike
Context: In the old movies, yes, there always was the happy ending and order was restored. As it is in Shakespeare's plays. It's no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.

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