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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 2,176,173 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). John Updike is the 900th most popular writer (down from 851st in 2019), the 1,053rd most popular biography from United States (down from 925th in 2019) and the 103rd 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 900 out of 5,755Before him are Georg Brandes, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse, Rustichello da Pisa, Bertran de Born, and Publilius Syrus. After him are B. Traven, Jean de La Bruyère, Stefan George, Charles Maurras, John Grisham, and Daniel Goleman.

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Among people born in 1932, John Updike ranks 60Before him are Zito, V. S. Naipaul, Nam June Paik, Harriet Andersson, Algirdas Brazauskas, and Melvin Schwartz. After him are Anatoliy Solovianenko, Nagisa Oshima, Peter Eisenman, Pier Angeli, Sheldon Lee Glashow, and David Scott. Among people deceased in 2009, John Updike ranks 31Before him are Vitaly Ginzburg, Bobby Robson, Abdurrahman Wahid, Juan Almeida Bosque, Robert F. Furchgott, and Corazon Aquino. After him are Günther Rall, João Bernardo Vieira, Norman Borlaug, Raúl Alfonsín, Ephraim Katzir, and Ertuğrul Osman.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Updike ranks 1,053 out of 18,182Before him are Elisha Otis (1811), Michelle Obama (1964), Jerome Karle (1918), Harvey Milk (1930), Burt Young (1940), and Ellen DeGeneres (1958). After him are Diane Arbus (1923), Dennis Rodman (1961), Powers Boothe (1948), John Grisham (1955), Daniel Goleman (1946), and Noah Gordon (1926).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Updike ranks 103Before him are Thomas Pynchon (1937), Sam Shepard (1943), L. Frank Baum (1856), Walter Lippmann (1889), Jean Webster (1876), and Clifford D. Simak (1904). After him are John Grisham (1955), Daniel Goleman (1946), Noah Gordon (1926), James Jones (1921), Roger Zelazny (1937), and Marshall Rosenberg (1934).