Updike and the patriarchal dilemma : masculinity in the Rabbit novels

John Updike: Rabbit Run (review) | The Literary Bunny
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“Have you read Rabbit, Run? That’s a pretty great example of a total shitbag character who peaked in high school and has no respect for women. However, through Rabbit, John Updike explores themes of alienation and the idea that American men aren’t socialized with the vocabulary to express their emotions and basic desires (among other things).

However, readers are denied this concluding satisfaction in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 and John Updike’s Rabbit, Run....
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John Updike’s memoirs consist …

“The winner of every major American literary prize, John Updike (1932–2009) was one of the most popular and prolific novelists of his time and a major cultural figure who traced the high point and fall of midcentury American self-confidence and energy. A superb stylist with sixty books to his credit, he brilliantly rendered the physical surfaces of the nation’s life even as he revealed the intense longings beneath those surfaces. In Understanding John Updike, Frederic Svoboda elucidates the author’s deep insights into the second half of the twentieth century as seen through the lives of ordinary men and women. He offers extended, close readings of Updike’s most significant works of fiction, templates through which his entire oeuvre may be understood.

Women are usually the only masculine pursuit in John Updike’s novels that offer the promise of relief.
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is the third novel in Updike's highly acclaimed "Rabbit" tetralogy; in addition to winning the National Book Award, it earned the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics' Circle Award.

Another piece of literature written by John Updike which examines the male tendency to be dependent on women is “Rabbit Run”.
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Updike’s Story | The Weekly Standard

The obituary for Mary Pennington (Updike) Weatherall published by the reports that a celebration of her life will be held at First Church in Ipswich, UCC, One Meetinghouse Green, on Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. And there is much to celebrate. John Updike Society members know only that she was an artist and a supporter of her first husband, John Updike, who read his drafts and gave him advice, and that she continued to support him after he died by graciously backing the society by contributing to the restoration of The John Updike Childhood Home, participating in two conferences (shown in photo below at the Plowville home with scholar Don Greiner and husband Robert Weatherall), and assisting scholars with their projects.

The Man Who Made Off With John Updike’s Trash

This creation of John Updike, this man who abandons his pregnant wife and young child, and his alliance to the late 1950's feeling of unrest and rebellion makes me angry.

John Updike Essays - StudentShare

Focuses on the "Rabbit" novels and Updike's longstanding interest in chronicling the terrors and pleasures of sex, marriage, adultery, parenthood and religion that ordinary Americans have experienced over the past 30 years. From the National Book Award Foundation.

An analysis of the Dog Death by John Updike ..

The best-known and most widely analyzed work, John Updike wrote a great series of novels depicting a reoccurring theme of the life of a man, and his dream to have his high school wonders once again.