John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. 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, and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the author of fifty-odd previous books, including twenty novels and numerous collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His fiction has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal.
One expects the two distinguished actors narrating thiscollection, Edward Herrmann (an AUDIOFILE Golden Voice) and JaneAlexander, to deliver sterling performances, and they do. Herrmann'svoice is strikingly patrician, yet warm; Alexander's is plummy andobservant. The unexpected pleasure is that John Updike, in anunactorly way, manages to keep up with them. Even in his early 70s, heis able to modulate his voice to reveal the spaces amid the dialogueof his characters, the quantum chasms that exist between people. Hereads with care for his words and characters, but without showingoff. The audio collection contains 14 of Updike's most well-knownstories, most of which demonstrate the author's abiding faith in theredemption of human affiliation. One of the most wonderful is"Gesturing," a story that turns Boston's John Hancock building, withits shimmering sky-filled façade, into breathtaking metaphor.E.K.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2004,Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine