John Updike, who died at the age of 76 on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009, talks about his inelegant beginnings that inspired him to become one of the most elegant writers of the 20th century.
By Dennis Conrow and Angela Elam
Kansas City, MO – In this excerpt of a 1998 interview by James McKinley for the public radio program New Letters on the Air, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer John Updike discusses his inelegant beginnings that inspired him to become one of the most elegant writers of the twentieth century. Updike's writing typified New England WASP-iness, and he also examines his interconnected relationship to faith and sex.
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