John Updike: unfairly ignored
Updike receives the Medal of Arts in 1989
More than once, Begley reports, Updike instructed New Yorker editors to put a short story in “the bank” (telling phrase), rather than publish it immediately, to avert legal action from the actual people, often his neighbours, conscripted in the service of what Updike cheerfully called his “relentless domestic realism.” His book editor, Judith Jones, doubled as his censor. Reading the manuscript of Couples (1968), his fable of exurban wife-swapping, she “immediately assumed that it was based on the author’s exploits among his…
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