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The hero of John Updike’s first novel, published when the author was twenty-six, is ninety-four-year-old John Hook, a dying man who yet refuses to be dominated. His world is a poorhouse—a county home for the aged and infirm—overseen by Stephen Conner, a righteous young man who considers it his duty to know what is best for others. The action of the novel unfolds over a single summer’s day, the day of the poorhouse’s annual fair, a day of escalating tensions between Conner and the rebellious Hook. Its climax is a contest between progress and tradition, benevolence and pride, reason and faith.

About the Author

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345468239
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Author:
Updike, John
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fairs
Subject:
Charity
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Almshouses.
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
108-245
Publication Date:
20120313
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.20x5.56x.46 in. .36 lbs.

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