The Early Stories, 1953-1975

by John Updike

Hardcover, 2003





New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.


Encompassing nearly all of the author's short fiction published between 1953 and 1975, this anthology of 103 stories ranges from his first work, "Ace in the Hole," to "Love Song, for a Moog Synthesizer."

User reviews

LibraryThing member aliceunderskies
A few of these stories are five star--and this coming from a person who doesn't usually care for the short story medium. Read all together in such volume they tend to run together tiresomely, treading and retreading the same themes of marital dischord and disenchanted suburbia. Despite the unpleasant aspect of reading far too many of one author's short stories in nearly one sitting, this book raised my (previously abysmal) opinion of Updike. Some of the stories are on par with the best I've read, leaving me with the belief that Updike's talent lay in the shorter form.… (more)
LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
This has the story "The Alligators" that I read as a kid.
LibraryThing member mahallett
winner 2004 pen / Faulkner award for fiction
generally very good. too much sex for me.


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