VJ Books Blog

(mirror.co.uk news, Jan. 28, John Kelly)

Acclaimed American author John Updike died of lung cancer yesterday (Jan 27) at the age of 76.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer was famous for chronicling life in small towns and the sexual angst of middle-class Americans.

His novel The Witches of Eastwick was turned into a hit film starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer.

His publisher Nicholas Latimer of Random House said: “He was one of our greatest writers, and he will be sorely missed.” He died in a hospice near Boston, Massachusetts.

Updike published more than 50 books in a career that started in the 1950s and he won virtually every literary prize – including two Pulitzers for his Rabbit series. He was also a prolific poet, essayist and critic.

But he was not keen on publicity, once saying: “Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.” He leaves a wife, four children and three grandchildren.