(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.