John Updike

1932 - 2009

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John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short-story writer, art critic, and literary critic. One of only four writers to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once (the others being Booth Tarkington, William Faulkner, and Colson Whitehead), Updike published more than twenty novels, more than a dozen short-story collections, as well as poetry, art and literary criticism and children's books during his career. Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems appeared in The New Yorker starting in 1954. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Updike has received more than 1,964,814 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). John Updike is the 851st most popular writer (down from 814th in 2019), the 926th most popular biography from United States (down from 876th in 2019) and the 99th most popular American Writer.

John Updike is most famous for his novels and short stories that explore the lives of the American middle class.

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Among writers, John Updike ranks 851 out of 5,794Before him are Sidonius Apollinaris, André Bazin, Aelius Donatus, James Jones, Rubén Darío, and Issei Sagawa. After him are Virginia Satir, Ingeborg Bachmann, Quintus Tullius Cicero, Nikolay Karamzin, Ibn Hawqal, and Etty Hillesum.

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Among people born in 1932, John Updike ranks 56Before him are Pat Morita, Stéphane Audran, Vladimir Ivashko, Sheldon Lee Glashow, Harriet Andersson, and Melvin Schwartz. After him are V. S. Naipaul, Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner, Anatoliy Solovianenko, Peter Eisenman, Robert Mundell, and Khaled al-Asaad. Among people deceased in 2009, John Updike ranks 27Before him are Omar Bongo, Bobby Robson, Abdurrahman Wahid, Milorad Pavić, Vitaly Ginzburg, and Karl Malden. After him are Sydney Chaplin, Günther Rall, Jean Dausset, João Bernardo Vieira, Patrick McGoohan, and Raúl Alfonsín.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Updike ranks 926 out of 15,968Before him are Karl Malden (1912), Stan Getz (1927), Louise Fletcher (1934), Lance Henriksen (1940), Barbara Stanwyck (1907), and D. W. Griffith (1875). After him are Larry Bird (1956), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Virginia Satir (1916), John Lithgow (1945), Richard E. Byrd (1888), and Robert Lucas Jr. (1937).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Updike ranks 99Before him are Anne Rice (1941), Daniel Keyes (1927), Thomas Pynchon (1937), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807), Solomon Northup (1808), and James Jones (1921). After him are Virginia Satir (1916), Richard Matheson (1926), Walter Lippmann (1889), Jean Webster (1876), H. L. Mencken (1880), and Irving Stone (1903).