The Collected Stories (boxed set)
The Library of America presents the definitive Updike: 186 classic stories spanning his entire career
“It is in his short stories that we find Updike is most assured…and almost without fail they give pleasure, a quality not to be taken lightly.”—The Washington Post
From his first collection, The Same Door, released in 1959, to his last, My Father’s Tears, published fifty years later, John Updike was America’s reigning master of the short story, “our second Hawthorne,” as Philip Roth described him. Here, in two authoritative volumes, are 186 unforgettable stories, beginning with “Ace in the Hole” (1953), a sketch of a Rabbit-like ex-basketball player written when Updike was a Harvard senior, and concluding with “The Full Glass” (2008), the author’s “toast to the visible world, his own impending disappearance from it be damned.” Based on new archival research, each story is presented in its final definitive form and in order of composition, established here for the first time.
Christopher Carduff, editor, has been a consulting editor at The Library of America since 2006. He is the editor of John Updike’s posthumous collections Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism and Always Looking: Essays on Art.
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